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Archives and Special Collections

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Liverpool Hope's Archives and Special Collections (A& SC) is home to over 75,000 manuscripts, rare books, archives, ephemera and artefacts and is open to all Hope staff and students, and the wider research community.

Access our Collections

Access to the archives and special collections is by appointment only.

Email the Special Collections Librarian, Karen Backhouse backhok@hope.ac.uk or specialcollections@hope.ac.uk, to make an appointment.


External visitors may access Archives & Special Collections, however, if you require a period of continued access, over several visits, for research purposes you will need to complete a Library visitor application form. Further information can be found Visiting the library.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Closure periods for the academic year 2022/23:

  • Monday 19th December 2022 - Monday 2nd January 2023 (Christmas)
  • Thursday 6th April 2023 - Monday 10th April 2023 (Easter)
  • Bank holidays.

We are also 'open' online. Subject to certain restrictions, we can provide digital scans of material for research purposes at no charge, however, we are only able to offer up to one hour's research time per request.  

Catalogued books and collection-level descriptions of archives are available to search on the Library catalogue, OneSearch. For uncatalogued material, Finding Aids are available to browse or download from our webpages. These include lists of contents of archive collections and also classification schemes, or lists of subject headings, for uncatalogued book collections.

How to find us

Archives & Special Collections is located in:

The Sheppard-Worlock Library
Hope Park
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9JD

No. 34 on the Map of Hope Park Campus.

Social media

Instagram: @livhopelibrary

Twitter: @LivHopeLibrary

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