The Archives and Special Collections is responsible for non-print and print material that are distinguished from the general stock of the Library and which receive special treatment in terms of storage, cataloguing, consultation, preservation and conservation. The holdings consist of manuscripts, estate and personal archival collections and a diverse range of rare books and printed material.
The term Special Collections is used to describe collections of non-print and print material that have characteristics that set them apart from other types of collections. The material within Special Collections may be rare and may require special handling and storage. A special collection is the accumulation of materials that collectively make up an important resource because of their relevance to a particular topic or individual. The following collections, held by Bangor University, are classified as Special Collections:
- Penrhyn Castle Papers (non-print)
- Owen Pritchard Collection (print)
- R.S. Thomas Collection (non-print and print)