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.
Monday to Friday:
9.00a.m. - 7.00p.m.
10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
From Saturday 4th June, our Vacation Opening Hours will be as follows:
Monday to Friday: 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Saturday: 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Please note: the Library will be closed on 12th and 13th July for the public holiday.
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.
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.