Special Collections

Welcome to the University's accredited archive service and home to our unique Special Collections

About our collections

Our Special Collections Reading Room is located within the Headington Library. Our mission is to curate unique collections for teaching and research and anyone may use our collections. 

The Special Collections Reading Room has reopened to external visitors as well as Brookes staff and students. See below for opening hours. 

To ensure our staff and users are as safe as possible, we will continue to have the following measures in place:

  • Face coverings are encouraged for all users, except those exempt in line with government guidelines.
  • High touch points will be regularly cleaned (this includes door handles, trolley handles, shelving buttons, lockers etc.).

We continue to offer our usual remote enquiry service for anyone not able to visit in person.

These measures will be reviewed regularly and this page will be updated when changes are made. If you have any queries please contact us at specialcollections@brookes.ac.uk

Feedback on our service

Thank you so very much for your assistance this week with the Paul Oliver materials. […] I'm very appreciative of you both and the access to the collections.

Nora Ramsey, MA researcher, Newcastle University

Looking through our boxes brought some delightful discoveries and a lot of new information to me; I have got some good ideas what to read and explore next.

Lotte Ulrike Bain, Community Researcher

Thank you for arranging for me to view your fascinating collection on the history of occupational therapy. I hadn’t realised the extent of the archives and certainly plan to revisit this excellent resource.

Patricia Vella-Burrows, Visiting Principal Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University

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