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About our collections

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COVID-19 updates: the Library buildings are now closed for the foreseeable future and no access is available to the print collections. Electronic items are available via YorSearch. For full details please refer to our coronavirus FAQs.

The Library and Archives hold an extensive range of items which support teaching, learning and research. Our collections cover printed, electronic and audiovisual material, digitised collections, rare books and archival resources, all available for you to explore.

Special Collections

Collection strengths

We have many interesting collections with strengths in a number of different areas, including music, stained glass, art, and theology. Find out what makes our collections special and how you can use them.

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Named collections guide

Find out how the named collections came to be held here, who they were donated by and how you can access them, and discover how they can support your teaching and research.

Wellbeing collection

A collection of publications that provide support and advice for coping with a wide range issues which commonly affect students. Find the wellbeing collection in our catalogue.

Life skills

A collection of books to help you through your University life. Find the life skills collection in our catalogue:

Graphic novels

The rise and popularity of graphic novels cannot be underestimated, and they offer numerous opportunities for learning. Find the graphic novels collection in our catalogue

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