Unique, valuable and rare early printed works, manuscripts, maps, globes, sheet music and other special materials can be found at the Department of Special Collections of Utrecht University Library. Curators, information specialists and other experts in the field of Special Collections are present to advise and support researchers, lecturers and students in their research, teaching and study activities.

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    • A remarkable bible returns to Utrecht
      A special manuscript from the Utrecht St. Mary’s Curch is back in Utrecht after more than 176 years of wandering. Utrecht University Library, which manages the St. Mary’s Church collection, was able to purchase the rare work earlier this year.
    • New sub-collections of maps added to Old Maps Online
      Two large map sub-collections of Special Collections have been added to the platform Old Maps Online.
    • 75 years of UN and special agency Unesco!
      Deze week wordt gevierd dat de Verenigde Naties en deelorganisatie Unesco 75 jaar bestaan. Als erfgoedinstelling met een werk in het Unesco Memory of the World Register doen wii natuurlijk mee.
    • Utrecht skyline online
      The web application Utrecht in Perspectief (‘Utrecht in Perspective’), launched in September 2020, shows the beautiful profiles of Utrecht, which are linked by means of linked data to georeferenced old maps, archive records and Wikipedia.
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