Discovering our Collections at the CRC

Posted on September 26, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) provides access to the University’s heritage collections. These include rare books, manuscripts, University archives, Lothian Health Service Archive (LHSA), art collection, historic musical instrument collection and many more. With such a large number of collections, how do you go about discovering them. This blog post provides a list of the key resources and catalogues for discovering the different collections.

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General Information:

The CRC website provides general information on accessing the material at the CRC, as well as collection descriptions for our rare book collections, and manuscripts and archives.

Catalogues / Databases

Rare Books:

Archives & Manuscripts:


Museum Collections (including fine art and historic musical instruments):

Digital Image Collections:


Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch!

Some of our collection material is not yet available on the online catalogues. If you are looking for something specific and cannot find it in our online resources, please get in touch as we have a printed catalogue resources at the CRC.


Tel: 0131 650 8379

Visit: 6th Floor, Main Library, George Square (please see our website for opening hours)


Fran Baseby, Service Delivery Curator, CRC

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