Library Digital Collections

The Special Collections Division of The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives. Some images of the highlights and treasures from these collections can now be viewed on-line in astonishing detail. Spanning five millennia, the manuscript collections include literary, historical, antiquarian, genealogical, biblical, devotional, ritualistic, medical, scientific, legal and administrative texts in numerous languages. The archives of the Methodist Church and the University of Manchester are well represented, in addition to examples of personal papers and family muniments. The printed book collections encompass almost all the landmarks of printing through five centuries, including magnificent illustrated books, examples of fine printing, landmark works in typography, key historical texts and exquisite bookbindings.