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Rare books/store books and archives


Books to be consulted must be requested at least 24 hours in advance by emailing the Librarian. Please include the barcode or/and the book title, author and classmark. Alternatively, you can pop in, to the Library to request item(s).
These books are Reference Only and can only be used in the Main Library or MacCurdy Library.
You must bring your University card and collect the books from the Librarian during staffed hours 9-1pm and 2-5pm, 2-4pm on Fridays.
Please hand the books back to the Librarian (9-1pm and 2-5pm, 2-4pm on Fridays) when you have finished with them.

You must take care when using the books as many of them are fragile.  Do not mark the book in any way.


About our special/rare collection

The majority of Special Collections rare books are recorded in IDiscover. Advanced Search gives you more search options. We prepared a list of those books for quick access in a Book List.

However, there are some collections and documents that are not yet fully catalogued. For advice on material not covered by the online catalogue, or for any other enquiries relating to the printed book collections, please contact us here. 


We are developing an Online Image Collection containing some of the main images of books, archives (include manuscripts).



 How the special collection can help with my Research?

Studying this collection will give the opportunity to handle material that is rarely accessed anywhere else. And you, as an explorer, are more likely to make significant discoveries.



  • The Special Collections can take you closer to "first hand" pieces of evidence, unlike secondary sources.
  • It will help you to build research skills and develop a critical approach. Those actions will help you to develop skills for your career.
  • As constitute primary evidence, the special collection will give you the opportunity to make original contributions to science. You can reinterpret sources that have been used before or even initiate primary discoveries.
  • There is a unique feeling from handling and reading old books and documents, personal diaries and first-hand accounts of historic events.


Psychology Library

Searching & Borrowing 


Psychol Support

  ↳ Library Induction

  ↳ Research Support 

  ↳ Letter from an Undergraduate

  ↳ Subject Guide 

  ↳ APA In-text citation style    


  ↳ Building Accessibility 

  ↳ Find us  

  ↳ WI-FI, Printing and Software

Reading List Online




Address The Library 
Department of Psychology 
Downing Street 
Telephone      01223 333554
Find us Psychology Library on the University Map

Access hours:

Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

  • Part IA/IB Students

24 hours card access

  • Part II Students
  • Postgraduates
  • Staff

By appointment

  • Visitors



Alina Wanitzek (Librarian)

Dr Greg Davis (Academic Librarian)

Sir Frederic Bartlett Archive