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Welcome to Archives and Special Collections – a unique learning and research resource open to all.

Search the archives

Details of most of our archives can be found in our archive catalogue.

Search the special collections

Details of all the books in our special collections can be found in the library's SUPrimo catalogue.

University Archives

The official records of the University of Strathclyde from 1796 to the present day. Includes the records of the University’s predecessor institutions as well as the papers of many former staff and students and associated organisations.  The University archives are an outstanding resource for the study of education, science and society in Scotland.

Deposited Archives

A diverse range of archives which have been acquired by gift or deposit to support the University’s teaching and research. Our main strengths are education, town planning, investigative journalism, shipping, the iron and coal industries, environmental health and art. Our archive collections are a unique source for all kinds of historical research.

Special Collections

Rare or significant printed material and books, including the Anderson Collection (the personal library of John Anderson, 1726-1796, natural philosopher), plus over 30 other collections spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries.

Visitors' Guide

Archives and Special Collections is open to all staff and students of the University of Strathclyde as well as to members of the public, free of charge. It is advisable to contact us in advance of your visit, so that material can be looked out from store, and a place reserved for you in the reading room. Please familiarise yourself with the reading room regulations .


When visiting for the first time, please bring photographic proof of identity such as a passport or driving licence, and proof of current address such as a bank statement or utility bill.


The reading room is located on Level 5 of the Andersonian Library in the Curran building in Glasgow city centre. Enter the library off Cathedral Street.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 09.00 - 16.50

Please note that the reading room will be closed on public holidays.


Print this version of our Visitors Guide (PDF) to assist you on the day of your visit.

Data Protection

Please see our guide to data protection.


Enquiries about our collections are welcome by email, telephone or letter as well as in person. There is no charge for our enquiry service, but we are unable to undertake lengthy research on behalf of enquirers. We aim to reply to enquiries within 20 working days.

Please give us as much information as possible, and tell us any other sources you have already checked.

Data Protection

Please see our guide to data protection.


We can provide photocopies or scanned images from our collections as long as the material is of a suitable condition and is not covered by restrictions.

Please see our copying services guide for further information.



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Telephone +44 (0)141 548 2497


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Archives and Special Collections
University of Strathclyde
Andersonian Library
Curran Building
101 St James Road
Glasgow G4 0NS


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