The West European collections focus on the languages and literatures of Western Europe (other than English), and Linguistics, Film Studies and Women's Studies.
In addition to literary texts, often in numerous editions, the collection includes critical studies, reference books, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, linguistic atlases, and memoirs. Materials on palaeography, bibliography, and the problems ancillary to foreign book production in the modern period are also held. Most items may be borrowed.
The Linguistics Collection is housed within the Research Collection.
We hold 850 – 900 (approx.) periodical titles. These include original literary journals dating from the 18th century onwards, and many current subscriptions covering literary criticism and original writing.