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Special Collections in The Sheppard Library

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The Library holds a number of special collections to support your studies including. Fashion, Illustrated Books, Advertising Archive, and Samples.

The majority of these collections are located in The Materials Room located in the basement of The Sheppard Library.

The Materials Room is usually open 12pm-3pm Mon -Fri during term-time.

Find out more: or watch our video.

Materials Room Opening Hours

The Materials Room is normally open during term time, Monday-Friday, 12-3pm

Please check below for any changes from the normal opening times

Please contact us if you have any queries or would like to make an appointment for a time outsde the standard opening hours:

Samples Collection

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The Samples Collection is located in the Basement of The Sheppard Library in the Materials Room (usually open 12pm-3pm Monday-Friday during term-time).  The collection contains samples of hundreds of different materials, anything from plastic and glass to smart fabric and innovative wall finishes. More information:

Items can be borrowed from the collection for up to two weeks.  Contact for more information.

Sourcing materials

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