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Changes to opening hours

Special Collections will be closed from Monday 18 December and will re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

This is initially to allow for essential collections management work to take place and then for Christmas and New Year. 

Please refer to the library opening hours during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.


Special Collections

A wonderful resource of images, stories and ideas for students, staff and members of the public.

Discover over 150 collections of rare books and archives: manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, digital files, and even J.B. Priestley's pipes.

Our Mission:

Special Collections at the University of Bradford collects, organises, preserves and makes accessible, unique and distinctive collections to support learning, teaching and research for all.

Special Collections and Archives have reopened

The University’s Special Collections and Archives have been relocated to Floor 01 of the JB Priestley Library and have now reopened to researchers.

Access is by prior appointment only.

Please contact the Archivist with any enquiries

  • Archive Accreditation
  • Special Collections and copyright law
  • Special Collections policies
  • Collections
  • Help with Special Collections catalogues
  • How to cite Special Collections documents
  • Mitrinovic Archive Cataloguing Project
  • PaxCat Project
  • Putting Flesh on the Bones Project
  • Enquiry Service
  • Inter-Library loans
  • Publication and commercial use
  • Reprographics
  • Teachers and schools
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the archive, and I'm extremely grateful for the friendly welcome and great help

Contact us

Julie Parry is the University Archivist responsible for the care and management of the Special Collections. 

Postal address

Special Collections

JB Priestley Library

University of Bradford

Richmond Road

Bradford BD7 1DP