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A Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, a definitive reference book, was last updated in 1997.  The world of special collections has changed a bit since then.  Many new collections have come to light (including ours at Bradford University – we don’t even have an entry in the 1997 edition!).

A mammoth new endeavour will map these changes to produce a comprehensive and up-to-date edition (thanks to CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group and Facet Publishing). The new editor is Karen Attar of Senate House Library, currently supported by the graduate trainees of Oxford.  You can keep in touch with their progress and find out how to get involved via the project blog.