University of Leicester Library - Special Collections
One of four atriums with light feature design
in the new extension to the recently refurbished
David Wilson Library, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.
Copyright: University of Leicester.
Photography: Martine Hamilton Knight
About the library
Copac does not contain the full Leicester catalogue - it only contains records from their Special Collections and English History Collection.
The English Local History collection contains materials relating to English local topography, social and political history. The collection began with the Hatton collection (a special collection) which was donated in 1920-21 to coincide with the opening of the University (then the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College). It was donated by Thomas Hatton a local boot manufacturer and includes his topographical library and major county histories.
The Special Collections include primary materials relating to Leicester authors, such as Sue Townsend and Joe Orton, extensive medieval manuscripts and 19th century periodicals. One of the highlights of the collections is the Robjohns Collection which contains most of the university's medieval manuscripts and the library's oldest book, a 12th century commentary on the Psalms by Gilbert de la Porée (Gilbertus Porretanus), Bishop of Tours (d. 1154).
The local library catalogue is available online.
Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.
Can I obtain items via interlibrary loan? The English Local History Collection is available via interlibrary loan subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request. The Special Collections are reference only and not available via interlibrary loan.
Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.
How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Leicester's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.