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Archives and Special Collections


We are currently unable to offer in-person visits. Responding to enquiries may take longer than usual.

Library Services are custodians of the City, University of London Archives and Special Collections and are responsible for maintaining, preserving and making the existing heritage collection accessible to staff, students and external researchers.

For more information on our Archives, Special Collections, and how to access materials, please visit our

Archives and Special Collections Guide.


The City Archive contains a wide range of material detailing the history of the institution, including:

  • annual reports and general administrative records
  • press cuttings
  • photographs
  • audio/visual resources

The Aim25 consortium has details of the complete holdings of the City, University of London Archive.

The Northampton Square Library also houses a number of Special Collections, including:

  • The Athenaeum
  • Sir Robert Birley collection
  • The James Cameron collection

Requests and enquiries

To request access to our collections or make an enquiry please complete our contact form on the Archives and Special Collections Guide.


Key documents such as our Archives and Special Collections, Collection Development Policy and our Takedown Policy can be found on the About Library Services page on our website.