Alan Villiers Collection

The Villiers Collections is the library of the novelist and writer Alan Villiers (1903-1982). Consisting mostly of books about ships, sailing and the sea, it was presented to the Library by the Potter Foundation in 1982.

This is a collection of about 3,000 volumes and  originated as the personal working collection of Villiers. It is a very mixed collection with many items of little monetary value but some very rare items. It contains much hard-to-find 20th century material.

Access and Availability

The Villiers Collection is fully catalogued online. Material may be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.