University of Bradford Library - REES and Special Collections

Contact details

Special Collections

Website: Email: Tel: +44 (0)1274 235256


Website: Email: Tel:+44 (0)1274 233301

Photo of Stari Most, Mostar

Stari Most, the bridge at Mostar, taken from an old postcard.
Collection ref NAF 5/2.
Digital image copyright: the University of Bradford

About the library

Copac does not contain the whole catalogue - it only contains records for Special Collections books and Russian and East European Studies (REES) materials.

Special Collections at the University of Bradford holds over 100 collections of archives and rare books, reflecting the University's strengths in social sciences and applied sciences and the history and culture of Bradford and its Yorkshire environment. Rich in rare modern volumes, our book collections cover archaeology, religion, literature, politics, industrial history and, above all, peace studies, one of the University's best known departments. There are several Special Collections relating to Balkans and former Yugoslavia, which complement the important holdings in the main library concerning East Europe.

Records for the REES collection were added as part of the COCOREES project and subsequent Cofor project to improve access to Russian and East European Studies material.

Records for Special Collections were added thanks to the Copac Challenge Fund.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • J. B. Priestly Library: J2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, 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. Note that most Special Collections items will not be available through inter-library loan.

Can I visit the library to view materials?

Special Collections: Yes, though access to Special Collections is by appointment only. For further information, please see Special Collections opening hours and contacts web page.

REES: 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? Special Collections at the University of Bradford has many important archives, including the J.B. Priestley Archive, the Commonweal Archives on peace and social change, and collections on Bradford and Yorkshire history, religion, archaeology and much more. Visit the Special Collections webpage or the University of Bradford's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of Bradford data on Copac

Example record from the University of Bradford collections:

Ducatus Leodiensis; or, The topography of the ancient and populous town and parish of Leedes, and parts adjacent in the West Riding of the county of York; with the pedigrees of many of the nobility and gentry and other matters relating to those parts; extracted from the records, original evidences, and manuscripts by Ralph Thoresby : To which is added... a catalogue of his museum... also a catalogue of manuscripts, the various editions of the bible, and of books published in the infancy of the art of printing [entitled] Museum Thoresbyanum...
  Edition: 2nd ed.
  Published: Leeds Wakefield : printed by B. Dewhirst for Robinson, Son, and Holdsworth ; Hurst 1816

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.