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Special Collections



The Foyle Special Collections Library holds over 200,000 items – printed books, pamphlets and periodicals, as well as maps, slides, manuscripts, typescripts and photographs – ranging in date from the 15th century to the present day.

Many items are extremely rare; some are unique. All offer a wealth of opportunities for teaching and research, and together they form part of our local, national and international documentary heritage.

The Foyle Special Collections Library is currently closed but reopening details will appear here shortly. The campus libraries have now re-opened, and the health of our users and staff remains the priority.
Information on all Libraries & Collections sites and current services is available here.

In this period when we are unable to grant physical access to our collections, we encourage you to explore our web pages to learn more about our collections and discover our online exhibitions. Please do also email us at

For wider resources related to special collections and the history of the book, as well as full text databases of historical texts, please see our useful 'Online resources' page, linked to below.

*We are aware that due to a recent migration onto new webpage templates, some of our pages relating to individual collections have misaligned images.

Collection strengths include:
  • Exploration and travel
  • World history
  • Theology
  • Languages and literatures
  • Science
  • Medicine

Find out more about using Special Collections                                                                       



Collection Highlights

Marsden Collection

Marsden Collection

The Marsden Collection comprises books from the library of William Marsden (1754-1836), orientalist…


HG Adler Collection

HG Adler Collection

The HG Adler Collection was the personal reference library of the novelist, poet and Holocaust…



 Using the Special Collections