Collection strengths

We have in our collections a number of significant items which will enhance teaching, learning and research in a wide-range of subjects. Highlights of our subject strengths are listed below - please follow the links to find out more.

You may also be interested in the various named collections that we hold:

History of art

We hold significant collections centred on 18th and 19th century British copper and steel engravings, and the York Art Gallery Collection.

Literature & poetry

Literature and poetry are well represented in our Rare Books collection, with examples ranging from the 17th to the 20th century and from drama to detective fiction.


Our medical collections form an important resource, providing information on disease in pre antibiotic times and on less medically advanced societies.


Our music collections include online audio recordings, audio-visual collections and collections of scores and books.

Stained glass

We hold an extensive collection of books and images on stained glass which support the teaching and research undertaken in stained glass studies, a University centre of excellence.

Theological libraries

Our theological collections date from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and include two parish libraries.


Our Yorkshire collection contains material relating to the social, economic, and cultural life of Yorkshire particularly from the 18th to 20th centuries.