What is in the catalogue?

Special Collections is a new venture for the University of Lincoln Library.

Lincolnshire poetry

Lincolnshire poetry has been collected since June 2015. See the 'Showcase' for more information.


Steampunk photographs and archival material are being added to the Special Collections, largely as a result of Lincoln hosting the annual Asylum Steampunk Festival but also from a tea duel and convivial held at the University. See the 'Showcase' for more information.

Lincoln Cathedral Library

Currently this catalogue holds information on some of the holdings of Lincoln Cathedral Library, which is not suitable for their own Heritage Online Catalogue. See the 'Showcase' for more information.

Zibby Garnett Library (University of Lincoln)

Some modern history reference material has being relocated to the University Library to supplement the current history stock and is located in the Zibby Garnett Library.

Other material in the Zibby Garnett Library include the photojournalistic magazine Picture Post, which was published in the UK from 1938 to 1957. It was renowned for its anti-Fascist editorial stance and for campaigning on topical issues for almost 20 years. Picture Post is recognised as laying the foundations for mass media, with its widespread coverage of the Second World War, the persecution of the Jews, the Korean War, racial discrimination across the UK and the post-war reconstruction of Britain, paving the way for the foundation of the NHS.

Covering some of the most pivotal moments of 20th century history, Picture Post was committed to bringing global news stories to life through inspiring photography. In the first six hours of hitting the newsstands on 1st October 1938, the publication amassed more than 750,000 buyers, and its popularity continued throughout the Second World War with a public readership of nearly 80%, as it became an integral part of everyday British life.

Other material is located in the Zibby Garnett Library due to its age and fragile nature, covering a variety of subjects such as a facsimile of the Thornton manuscript, The Yellow Book, copies of Punch, illustrations by Dore and William Morris, a small collection of children's books, the Eagle comic…

Please note that items are being added to the catalogue all the time.

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