The Special Collections at the Institute of Education Library contain a wide range of resources related to educational theory and practice. Among them:
These resources (as well as the other special collections at the IOE) can only be accessed for reference and an appointment needs to be arranged in advance. Please contact the Institute of Education Library in the first instance.
Part of UCL Special Collections, the UCL Institute of Education Archives consists of deposited and donated archive collections. Material ranges in date from the late 18th century to the present day. The collections cover all levels of education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings. The Archives have collections on research, practice, policy and thought in education and related areas. They provide a rich resource for the study of education and wider social policy worldwide.
UCL Records look after UCL’s institutional archive, books and other printed material connected with UCL’s history. The institutional archive consists of UCL’s records from its foundation in 1826 to the present day. Collected material includes architectural drawings, card indexes, governance records, staff and student files, and records of general administration.
Archive collections relevant to the study of educational theory and practice include:
UCL Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. Our holdings span the 4th century to the present day and cover a vaste range of subject areas and disciplines. The strengths of the collections include language, literature and poetry from the 15th to the 21st centuries, 20th and 21st century small-press publishing, politics and social policy, History of Science, Mathematics, Latin American history and economics, Hebraica and Judaica, Education, the history of London and the history of UCL.
Anyone with a need to consult our collections is welcome to do so. UCL Special Collections is reference only. It is essential to book in advance to make sure of a reading room place and that the items requested are available. Please contact us at least two weeks before you intend to visit. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate drop-in visits.
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