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Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections service at Queen's provides access to the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections, as well as to more modern material relating to Ireland and Ulster in particular. The books, pamphlets, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and maps held in Special Collections include examples of the earliest printed works (incunabula), and books and pamphlets published between the 16th and early 19th centuries (STC and Wing items). The University Archive comprises records pertaining to the history and development of Queen's from its foundation as a Queen's College in 1845 through to its establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day.

Our Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of the McClay Library and provides a comfortable, dedicated space appropriate to the consultation of Special Collections material. 

Opening Hours

Opening Hours:

Vacation Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.

Saturday: 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.

Sunday: Closed


Please note that access to early printed books, manuscripts or discrete collections must be arranged in advance. Access to these materials is restricted in the evenings and at weekends.

Manuscript Collections


 JSTOR Ireland Collection

The Ireland Collection, developed in cooperation with Queen's University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. When complete the Ireland Collection will contain a minimum of 75 journals, including journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included.

Contact Info

Special Collections
Special Collections & Archives
The McClay Library
Queen’s University Belfast
10 College Park

Tel: 028 9097 6333

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Head of Special Collections and Archives

Deirdre Wildy

 Tel:  028 9097 6218


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