What We Do

Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is a part of University Services. Our overarching mission is to bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students to discover and share knowledge that can change the world. Our commitment is to provide:

  • user-focused services that meet the University’s needs
  • effective support, enabling academic success
  • an infrastructure that advances the University’s ambitions
  • integrated services that are responsive, transparent, efficient and innovative

ASC is responsible for managing, promoting, enabling access and supporting engagement with the Library’s unique and distinctive collections. Our activities include strategic collection development, supporting University researchers and students to access our collections, providing reading room and enquiry services for all users, arranging and describing our collections, and preservation and conservation activities. ASC collects and provides access to archival records, manuscripts, rare books and other primary and secondary sources to support teaching and research in the University of Glasgow and the wider community.