Reading room hours and material availability Reading room hours and material availability

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room is on Floor 02 of the Library.

The Reading Room is open: Monday - Friday 09.30-12.30 and 13.30-16.30 by prior appointment.

Requests for Special Collections items should be pre-booked using the online booking form or in person at the Special Collections Reception Desk.

Items requested:Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

  • before 09.15 will be available from 09.30 on the same day.
  • before 13.30 will be available from 13.45 on the same day.
  • after 13.30 the items will be available from 09.30 the following day.

We will wherever possible try to fulfill urgent requests at short notice.


Special Collections leaflet [, 2.5MB]

Collections Collections

Special Collections contains over 10,000 titles of rare, valuable or illustrated monographs and pamphlets in all subject areas.

Special Collections includes a number of named collections:

YA: Illustrated books
A collection of mainly 19th and 20th century illustrated titles. There are about 600 titles in this collection.

YB: Broke collection (military science)
A collection of about 150 titles of 18th and 19th century military science.

YC: Abbott collection (English literature)
Claude Colleer Abbott (1889-1971) was Professor of English at the University of Durham 1932-1954, and earlier lectured at the University of Aberdeen. The collection of his works and Library contains about 1,500 titles.

YK: Ketton-Cremer collection (local history)
Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969), biographer and county historian who lived near Cromer at Felbrigg Hall. He wrote widely on Norfolk's history and personalities. He helped to promote the UEA which conferred upon him an honorary degree in 1969. The collection of his works and library contains about 1,000 titles.

YL: Kimber collection (local literature)
The collection contains about 500 titles which are either: about Norfolk and East Anglia, or have been written by Norfolk and East Anglian authors. It includes fiction from the UEA creative writing MA and works published by the UEA Schools of Literature and Creative writing (LIT) and American Studies (AMS).

Other noteworthy collections include:
Classmark NKA: Oriental art books - about 1,350 titles.

Classmark ZZ 1 (Ele): 
Great and Little Domesday volumesThe complete library editions of the Little and Great Domesday: comprising the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, 2000. This is a record of a survey of the land in England, carried out by the Commissioners of William I in 1086.

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Telephone: 01603 593491


Location: Library, Floor 02

Web: Special Collections