Special Collections


  • Housed at Paisley campus the Special Collections are a distinct section within the University Library.
  • Contact Details
    Allison Buchanan
    Special Collections Librarian
    Tel: 0141 849 4240
    Email: allison.buchanan@uws.ac.uk 


  • These valuable and varied collections contribute to the University’s research agenda by providing primary source materials which are also available to scholars and other interested parties outside the University. Anyone wishing to borrow from Special Collections should make an appointment with the Special Collections Librarian prior to visiting the Library.

    Reference access to all our special collections is permitted to any bona fide student or researcher, anyone wishing to borrow from the UKNSWP Special Collection and not a UKNSWP member must apply for permission in advance.

    • UK Network of Sex Work Projects Special Collection(UKNSWP).
      UKNSWP is one of the key organisations in the UK to represent sex work projects. As an independent body, UKNSWP is able to raise policy issues in the public arena, both locally and nationally. UKNSWP has contributed to a range of national policy discussions and reviews relevant to sex work all of which are housed in our Paisley Campus Library. This unique collection is the first of its kind in the UK and comprises books; journals; journal articles; research reports; projects reports; government legislation;and covering a wide range of issues such as health policy, drug and alcohol abuse, trafficking, routes out and exiting, project’s promotional leaflets and many other materials relating to the sex work industry. The collection also contains information about the UKNSWP and its members.
  • *This collection is open and cataloguing is on-going please contact Special Collections Librarian in relation to materials not yet catalogued or recent accrual updates.