Relevant Library collections
The Library's Special Collections hold a modest collection of several hundred Early Printed Books published before 1701 and a small amount of manuscript material. The Maddison Collection of the History of Science contains a wealth of material, including the Library's only incunabula. The Crow Collection of English Literature to 1700 brings together about 1500 literary texts, many being scarce 19th century editions which are still of relevance, and with a particular emphasis on ballad literature.
The Special Collections reading room is in Block A, Floor 1 of the Templeman Library. You need to request material in advance and make an appointment to view it.
Canterbury Cathedral Library
The Templeman Library has close links with Canterbury Cathedral Library and as a Kent student or staff member you have access to the Cathedral's archives and printed books. You can search the Cathedral Library's holdings using 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.