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Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Paperback / softback Book

Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland Paperback / softback

Edited by Karen Attar

Paperback / softback


The new in paperback edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 3rd edition features an additional 72 libraries not represented in former editions.

These cover England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, and represent the range of libraries present in the Directory overall from academic, public, subscription, ecclesiastical etc. The Directory is the only publication to bring together rare book and special collections from all kinds of libraries across the British Isles and is an essential research tool for researchers and librarians throughout the world.

Fully updated since the second edition was published in 1997, this comprehensive and up-to-date guide encompasses collections held in national libraries, academic libraries, public libraries, subscription libraries, clergy libraries, libraries for other professions, school libraries, companies, London clubs, museums and archives, and libraries in stately homes.

Consulting the Directory is an essential first step in a research project and it can answer question such as, "Where can I best research the reception of Jane Austen's novels?"; "Can I find Civil War tracts in a library near me?"; "Is Thomas Carlyle's library intact and in the public sphere?"; "Does Britain have the resources to study Nazi school textbooks?"; "How do I arrange my research trip to study Tauchnitz publications?" The Directory:Provides a national, cross-sectoral overview of rare book and special collections Provides a quick and easy summary of individual libraries' holdingsDirects researchers to the libraries most relevant for themAssists libraries to evaluate their special collections according to a 'unique and distinctive' modelEnables libraries to make informed decisions about special collections acquisition and collaborationHelps booksellers and donors to target offersEntries in the Directory provide full contact details, and descriptions of rare book and named special collections including quantities, particular subject and language strengths, and information about salient features such as provenance. Readership: Researchers, book historians, book collectors, special collections librarians, reference librarians, academic liaison librarians, library managers, booksellers, and other heritage professionals.



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