The special collections include:
- Books printed before 1701
There are approximately 833 separate works in this collection, including a 1570 edition of Euclid (the first English version) and a 1526 edition of Hippocrates.
- Books printed after 1701.
This collection contains some 8086 volumes. Material is considered ‘rare’ for a variety of reasons – fine copy, good plates or maps, association copy as well as being of antiquarian interest.