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About our collections

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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.

Please visit our Collection Development and Management Policy, which describes our commitment to develop, provide space for, make accessible, manage and promote the Library's collections. 

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.


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.

Featured collections

Stained glass

​York is a centre of stained glass with ​​the Minster and city churches​ ​housing the largest collection of medieval glass in Britain.​ In the Library it is one of our collection strengths. Here we highlight some recent additions to the Library's collections.

Challenging Perceptions: being anti-racist

Our second student curator intern has compiled a toolkit to help students take an informed, anti-racist approach to university level reading and research. You can read more about the origins of this project here

Reimagining Africa

A showcase of work from Africa by Africans. Read more about this project.

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


Collections posts in the Inspiring Minds blog