English and American Literature subject guide



Relevant Library collections

Special Collections

The University of Kent's Special Collections include archives and collections of valuable and rare books, and other primary source materials. Material of interest to English Literature students includes the Dickens' Collection, the Modern Poetry and Modern First Editions Collections, and the theatre collections.

The Special Collections reading room is in Block A, Floor 1 of the Templeman Library, and you can consult material there by appointment.

Visit the Special Collections website for more information.

Canterbury Cathedral Library

The Templeman Library has close links with Canterbury Cathedral Library and students have access to the Cathedral's archives and printed books. The Cathedral Library's holdings are included in LibrarySearch.

The Cathedral Library contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of over 20,000 books and journals published in the 20th and 21st centuries. It has particularly strong holdings in church history, theology, national and local history, travel, natural science, medicine and the anti-slavery movement.

Find out more about the Cathedral Library's collections.


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Last Updated: 21/08/2017