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Search for material in the rare book collections in Usearch. Access the rare book collections by visiting the Special Collections Reference and Reading Rooms, level 4. Semester hours: Monday – Friday, 8AM – 6PM; Saturday, 9:15AM to 6PM; closed Sunday. Semester break hours: Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM; closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Rare Books Division of Special Collections holds more than 80,000 books, maps and ephemera documenting the record of human communication from clay tablet to artists' book. Collection strengths include illuminated manuscript facsimiles; Mesoamerican codex facsimiles; Arabic papyrus, parchment and paper fragments; Middle Eastern manuscript and print material; published works on science, travel and exploration; the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; fine press and artists' books; and the works of twentieth century authors such as Robinson Jeffers, Ernest Hemingway, Wallace Stegner and others.  Smaller but equally important collections include material on European politics, law, literature, philosophy, medicine, and performance arts; United States constitutional history and much more. The rare book collections preserve a heritage of thought, artistic endeavor, and innovation that inspires the human spirit today. By actively collecting, preserving, and digitizing material of historical and aesthetic importance, the Rare Books Division provides reference, research and educational access to local, regional and international communities – strengthening the ability of faculty to teach, students to learn, and communities to find common denominators.


Rare Books


Luise Poulton
Managing Curator

Jon Bingham

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Monday - Thursday:  8 am - 6 pm

Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Saturday:  10 am - 5 pm

Sunday:  Closed

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