Rare and controversial books

Books, journals and pamphlets from the library that are rare, fragile or contain what we consider to be controversial ideas are moved into the archive for preservation and access purposes.

You will find most of these books through the library catalogue where they are marked as being in the archive, meaning you need to request to view them as you would an archive collection. See our Access page for more about requesting archive material.

Controversial books

A number of older books in our collection contain ideas that have subsequently been discredited, and terminology that we now find unacceptable. We prefer not to have these on the public shelves but recognise that they are an important part of the story of race relations in the 20th Century. A catalogue for this collection is coming soon