This section is a work in progress.

Literature about university museums, collections and heritage is extensive, highly fragmented and available in multiple languages. Under the project P-MUS, UMAC has systematically compiled at least the most important references. Some publications cannot be made accessible here for copyright reasons, but a link will be provided whenever possible.

Below is a selection of broad spectrum references that are publicly accessible, useful to professionals and researchers. If you know a publication (article, chapter, thesis, book) that fits the criteria, please let us know.

If you are interested in university museums’ literature, do not forget to check the papers from UMAC’s annual conference proceedings – c. 150 papers about university museums and collections – as well as the websites of national and international networks. See also open access journals such as La Lettre de l’OCIM (French).


University Museums and Collections | Les Musées et Collections Universitaires | Los Museos y Colecciones Universitarios

ICOM Study Series (edited by UMAC), 11, 2003.

ISSN 1020-5543

ISBN 92-9012-054-2

Languages: English, French, Spanish.

Museos y colecciones universitarias de arte en el ámbito iberoamericano (PhD thesis). Manuela García Lirio, University of Granada, Spain, 2021.


Turning Inside Out European University Heritage: Collections, Audiences, Stakeholders

Editors: Marlen Mouliou, Sébastien Soubiran, Sofia Talas, Roland Wittje.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Press, 2018

ISBN 978-960-466-186-2

Language: English.

Musées et collections liés à la Santé. Données 2018. Observatoire de l’OCIM, Dijon 2020.


Collections scientifiques et techniques des universités: Structuration, gestion et valorisation (Enquête OCIM 2017). Observatoire de l’OCIM, Dijon 2019.


Teaching and learning in higher education: Perspectives from UCL, edited by Jason P. Davies and Norbert Pachler. Institute of Education Press, University College London, 2018.


Materielle Kultur in universitären und außeruniversitären Sammlungen, edited by Ernst Seidl, Frank Steinheimer and Cornelia Weber. Berlin: Koordinierungsstelle für wissenschaliche Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland — access through  Humboldt University Berlin E-DOC.


Literature on recent heritage of science (compiled by Roland Wittje and Marta C. Lourenço), Universeum Working Group on Recent Heritage of Science, 2016 (updated 2018).


Isabel García Fernández, Roberto Daniel Rivera (eds) Congreso Internacional Museos Universitarios : tradición y futuro. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, 2015 — access through E-Prints Complutense.


Bibliografía Museos Universitarios, México (compiled by Luisa Fernanda Rico Mansard), 2014.


Laetitia Maison, Sofia Talas and Roland Wittje (eds), Shaping European university heritage – Past and possible futures, Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Skrifter 3, Trondheim, 2013.

 See Universeum publications


Barbara Rothermel, The University Art Museum and Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration, PhD thesis, University of Leicester, 2013 — access through the Leicester Research Archive.


Sofia Talas, Marta C. Lourenço (eds), Arranging and rearranging: planning university heritage for the future, Padova University Press, Padova, 2012

 See Universeum publications


Zenobia Kozak, Promoting the past, preserving the future : British university heritage collections and identity marketing, PhD thesis, University of St. Andrews, UK, 2007 — access through the  St. Andrews Research Repository


Marta C. Lourenço, Between two worlds: The distinct nature and contemporary significance of university museums and collections in Europe, PhD thesis, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris), 2005 — access here.


Examples of University Museums and Collections Policies


University of Alberta Museums and Collections Policy (2008, revised 2017) — access through the University of Alberta Museums


Collections Development Policy 2015-2018, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester — access through the University of Manchester


Surveys and Catalogues of University Museums and Collections


Medical Collections in France

Museus et collections liés à la Santé.  OCIM, France, 2018. Access here.


Zoology Collections in Germany

Lothar A. Beck (Ed.): Zoological Collections of Germany. The Animal Kingdom in its Amazing Plenty at Museums and Universities. Heidelberg 2018 (Natural History Collections) — see Google Books.


University Heritage in Serbia

Živan Lazović, Darko Mitrović, and Ivana Mitrović, Serbian University Heritage, University of Belgrade, 2017 -- access here.


University Museums in Poland

H. Kowalski, M. Grassmann, M. Bukowski (eds), University Museums in Poland, Association of University Museums/University of Warsaw, Warsaw, 2016, 59 pp., ISBN 978-83-64551-14-7 — access  here.


Universidade Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Maya, M. S. A. Museos y colecciones de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM, 2015, ISBN 978-84-96701-69-4 — access through the UCM.


Universidad de La Plata, Argentina

A. Loza, M. C. von Reichenbach (coord.), Los museos de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata y su red: Un catálogo de su patrimonio, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 2010, 105 pp., ISBN 978-950-34-0686-1 — access through the Repositorio Institucional de la UNLP.