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Special Collections and Repository

Special Collections

The Special Collections relate to various areas of study within the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff School of Education and Cardiff School of Health Sciences and will also hold interest for the wider university and community. They are housed separately from the main book and journals collections. 

Artists' Books and Ceramics Collection

Artists’ Books Collection

A growing collection of over 600 artists’ books dating from the 1960s. Some are one-off pieces while others are limited editions created by the artists, all are artworks in themselves. The Collection demonstrates the breadth and depth of the artist book genre and some material is of national and international significance. Our collection policy ensures that it serves Cardiff School of Art and Design’s learning, teaching, and research needs.

MetSearch can be used to view the collection titles. The collection is of general interest to many, and an inspiring resource for creatives of all types.

All library members (staff, students, external borrowers) are welcome to attend term time drop-in sessions to view and handle books with a library assistant:

  • Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm
  • Thursday mornings 10am-12noon

Outside of these times, to ensure access to specific books or, for academic staff to arrange artists’ books teaching session support in the space, please email Special Collections with your query or request to

Ceramics Collection

The Collection contains national and international exhibition catalogues, conference and research papers, interviews with ceramicists, promotional materials, pamphlets, prospectuses, monographs and leading research publications in the field of ceramics. Held within the Ceramics Collection, of particular significance is The Rackham Collection - a collection of over 70 books written or edited by Bernard Rackham (Keeper of the Department of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1914-1938), along with books from his personal collection and associated ephemera such as letters and notebooks, donated to the university by the Rackham family.

Slide Collection

The Slide collection represents the history of Cardiff School of Art & Design by incorporating slides of past CSAD exhibitions, staff & students work, as well as prominent Welsh artists and architects. The slides were bought or were made to order for lecturers and students to use in lectures and seminars from the 1970s until 2010. No new slides are now made.

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Collection at Llandaff has a range of items covering applied health sciences. Items include therapy manuals, voice & communication and speech development resource packs specifically for Speech & Language Therapy.

Welsh Language Collection

We have a Welsh Collection space at Cyncoed where Welsh Language books can be found. The collection contains materials related to Wales in general, but also materials related to teaching in Wales.

School Experience

The School Experience Collection contains books, resources and CDs for children aged between 3-16. It is primarily for students studying on initial teacher education courses but is open to all Cardiff Met staff and students.

Research Repository

Information about our research repository - figshare - can be accessed on our dedicated page.