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Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections service 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 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.

Visit our web pages for a comprehensive overview of the collections we hold and the services we offer. This LibGuide offers additional resource and subject guides. 

Our Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of the McClay Library. Wireless internet access is available.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours:

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.

Click on the link to access Library and Special Collections Opening Hours​



Tracing the Past

Manuscript Collections

A Unique Resource

Digital Resources

Reaching Out

University Archive

The History of Queen's

Contact Details

Special Collections & Archives

The McClay Library |  Queen's University Belfast | 10 College Park | Belfast | BT7 1LP

028 9097 6333 |

Head of Special Collections & Archives: Deirdre Wildy | 028 9097 6218 |


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