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Search our Collections

Find out more about the different options that are available to search across our collections, and how to request those items using the online catalogues.

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic our reading room has reopened but with reduced opening times and by appointment only. We are currently prioritising onsite services for staff, students and NHS colleagues. Access for our valued community of external users will follow later.

What are my search options?

You can search for items in our collections by typing a keyword into the 'search our collections' box above. Using the drop down menu, you can choose which of our catalogues you would like to search across. Change the drop-down menu to either Archives, Rare books/publications or Digitised collections.


Unique primary source documents relating to significant people and organisations, including:

  • unpublished letters
  • diaries
  • photographs
  • maps
  • illustrations
  • manuscripts, and more
Students using archives in the Reading Room

Rare books/publications

Printed works which you may only find here at Newcastle University.

These may be particularly scarce, distinctive in their appearance, or significant in terms of their former ownership.

They include books, newspapers, periodicals, ephemera, and pamphlets dating from the early 16th to 21st century.

Old manuscript photograph

Digitised collections

You can see digitised items from across many of our collections on CollectionsCaptured.

Through our digitisation programme, we are committed to making our Special Collections and Archives available to the widest possible audience for exploration and re-use in research, teaching, and engagement.

If you wish to request a digital copy of an item you have found in our collections, please visit our separate Digitisation Service page.

Found an archive or rare book you would like to see?

Rare books/publications

On Library Search you will see a 'Request' link which will take you directly to our Special Collections request form. The collection and shelfmark codes will have been pre-populated and you will simply need to add your own details and submit your request.


When you are browsing the catalogues please make a note of the reference codes and titles of any items of interest then complete the form below.

Request form