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We are home to approximately 25,000 rare books and over 150 special collections consisting of archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets and scores.  It is a unique resource which supports research and teaching, and we welcome both the academic community and the wider public.

Christmas Vacation: reading room opening times

Monday 19 December 2016 - Wednesday 21 December 2016 9.30am - 1pm ; 2pm - 4.30pm
Thursday 22 December 2016 - Monday 2 January 2017 CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume from Tuesday 3 January 2017 Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 1pm ; 2pm - 4.30pm

Special Collections Advent Calendar 2016

We will be revealing an image for each day in December in the run-up to Christmas. You can click to find out more about each item, so this is a great opportunity for you to explore Special Collections in the University Library.

Digital Preservation Procurement Case Study

A summary of the process of procuring a digital preservation system at the University of Sheffield.


Please note that information about the University's Administrative Archives can be found on the Records Management web pages.