About Special Collections

Welcome to the Special Collections Centre blog!

The Special Collections Centre is home to The University of Aberdeen’s historic collections of books, manuscripts, archives and photographs.

Housed in climatically controlled facilities, the collections comprise over 200,000 rare printed books – including more than 4,000 16th century items – as well as 5,000 irreplaceable archival collections, with material dating as far back as the 3rd century BC. The collections cover all aspects of the history and culture of the University, the City of Aberdeen, the region and the relationship they enjoy with the wider world, and are available to be consulted in the Wolfson Reading Room on the Lower Ground Floor.

The Centre also has a Seminar Room and a Learning Room which provide visitors of all ages with dedicated spaces to learn more about the collections through seminars, workshops and educational activities. The adjacent Glucksman Conservation Centre carries out vital preservation and conservation work, enabling wider access to these important collections. 

For more information visit the Special Collections Centre web pages at

Contact us
Special Collections Centre, The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Aberdeen AB24 3AA

t: (01224) 272598

e: speclib@abdn.ac.uk


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