University of Aberdeen Historic Collections: Special Libraries and Archives

University of Aberdeen Historic Collections: Special Libraries and Archives
Special Libraries and Archives
King's College
AB24 3SW




Reading Room

01224 272598

Senior Curator (Archives)

01224 272929

Head of Library Services

01224 272928

Manager, Historic Collections

01224 272599


Office Fax

01224 273891

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
King's College
Library icon Study area icon

Aberdeen University’s Special Libraries and Archives provides a unique and internationally significant range of printed, archival and other documentary sources for the benefit of the higher education community and beyond.The richness of these collections extends across all the disciplines of the medieval and early modern university curriculum and across the European world of learning.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Closed: Saturday & Sunday, some local holidays and Christmas and New Year holidays

Admission charges


Additional info

Access to Special Libraries:
As the Reading Room is on the first floor, we regret that disabled access is restricted. Visitors who wish to consult material should contact the Reading Room staff in advance to arrange facilities.

Collection details

Archives, Law and Order, Literature, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Family, estate, and business papers relating to the North-East of Scotland
  • Hebraica and Judaica
  • Humanism and neo-Latin literature
  • Institutional history of King’s College, (founded 1495);Marischal College, 1593; University of Aberdeen, 1860)
  • Jacobitism
  • Law (and canon law)
  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Science and medicine, from the Renaissance to the twentieth century
  • Scottish balladry and folksong
  • Scottish Enlightenment philosophy
  • Theology from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century