University of Bristol, Special Collections

The Special Collections of the University Library comprise a rich and diverse range of printed books and journals, archival resources and artefacts in support of the academic work of the University and the wider scholarly community. To view some examples from the Special Collections visit the 100 Treasures from Special Collections page, made possible by a University of Bristol Alumni Fund grant.

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Opening hours

Mon - Weds : 9.15 am - 6.45 pm
Thu : 9.45 am - 6.45 pm
Fri : 12 noon - 4.45 pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays : closed

Admission charges

Free. Please contact Special Collections to make an appointment to use the collections.

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bateman Collection
  • Brunel Collection
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
  • Jane Cobden Unwin
  • Edward Conze
  • George Albert Cooke
  • Basil Cottle
  • Rupert E. Davies
  • Election addresses
  • Victor and Joan Eyles
  • Fry Portrait Collection
  • Dame Katharine Furse
  • Goldney family
  • John Gregory
  • Matthew Blagden Hale
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • Adey Horton
  • Thomas Lloyd Humberstone
  • Robin Ralph Jamison
  • David James Cathcart King
  • Kingswood Abbey
  • Leicestershire poll books
  • Liberal Party
  • Bryan Little
  • Philip Napier Miles
  • Moravian Church
  • Oatley Collection
  • Paget family
  • William Paty
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Pinney family
  • Humphrey Repton
  • Isaac Rosenberg
  • Somerset Miners Association
  • Michael Stern
  • Steuart Family papers
  • John Addington Symonds
  • Robin Tanner
  • Teichman Bequest
  • Unitarian Congregation, Lewins Mead, Bristol
  • University College and University of Bristol
  • Wessex Regionalist Party
  • West Indies Papers

University of Bristol, Special Collections
Arts and Social Sciences Library
Tyndall Avenue
University of Bristol
City of Bristol



General Enquiries


General Enquiries

0117 928 8014

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