University of Bradford Special Collections

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  • Telephone
      +44 (0) 1274 235256
  • Address
    • J. B. Priestley Library, University of Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1DP, England, United Kingdom
  • Directions
    • The Special Collections Reading Room is located in Room 02.3 (Basement Floor) of the J.B. Priestley Library on city campus.
  • Opening Hours
    • Please see:
  • Access Information
      Special Collections are open to, and intended for, anyone who might benefit from using them. However, space and staffing constraints mean that appointments are required. Access is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.
  • Advance Orders
      Available. Send us details of the materials you’d like to consult. We can have them out ready for you, so you can begin your research at once.
  • Photographs Allowed
      depending on the material
  • Photocopying Services
  • Reproduction Services
      Special Collections offers photocopying and digitisation services for enquirers who for practical or legal reasons cannot take advantage of personal digital photography. We need a declaration form and payment before we can go ahead with copying. Remote enquirers should contact us to obtain a quotation for likely costs before completing their declaration.
  • Public Internet Access
      If you wish to use wi-fi, register with one of our networks for quick access on the day.
  • Facilities for Disabled Persons
      The Reading Room is accessible by lifts and level floors. However the layout of Floor 02 pre-dates modern standards and can be difficult for very large or long wheelchairs. We can book a back-up room with level access if necessary.
  • Refreshment Area
      Student Central (adjoining the Library): Costa Coffee and Union shop.
  • Archival and Other Holdings

    Special Collections at the University of Bradford holds over 100 collections of rare books and archives on the history of the University, Bradford, Yorkshire, history, politics, literature, archaeology and much more, our best-known being the Archive of J.B. Priestley. Our collections are open to everyone and include manuscripts, letters, photographs, artworks, newspapers, maps, pamphlets, objects, pipes (Priestley's) and digital files.

  • History

    The present staffed Special Collections service was created when the University Library received access funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme in 2000.Initially we concentrated on mapping the collections, and establishing policies and procedures for preservation, disaster control and collection development.

    Over the last few years, the focus of our work has shifted towards marketing, outreach and fundraising, especially encouraging virtual engagement with the collections. Our achievements were recently recognised by the Archive Accreditation Scheme: we are the first English university to receive this prestigious award.

    Since establishing the service, we have acquired other exciting resources, such as the Commonweal Archives and the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, and enriched those already here, particularly the J. B. Priestley Archive. We are very grateful for the help we have received from colleagues and volunteers over the past years.

  • Notes
      We encourage visitors to use their own devices to take images for personal research use. This is at the discretion of the staff member on duty and subject to copyright and care.
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