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Rare Books

Rare Book Page Example ~~The Rare Books Department holds more than 80,000 books, maps, ephemera, and realia documenting the record of human communication from clay tablet to artists' book.

~~By actively collecting and digitizing material of historical and aesthetic importance,the Rare Books Department preserves a heritage of thought, artistic endeavor, and innovation that inspires the human spirit today.

~~We provide 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.

Search for material in the rare book collections. Access the rare book collections by visiting the Special Collections Reference and Reading Rooms, level 4.

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Fall Semester 2019 Open Saturdays

August 31
September 14
September 28
October 12
October 26
November 9
November 23
December 7






Rare Books


Luise Poulton
Managing Curator & Department Head

Lyuba Basin


Monday - Friday  9 am - 5 pm

Saturday  10 am - 5 pm

Sunday  Closed

General Library Hours

Digital Humanities

Digital Exhibitions

Open Book - Rare Books blog

Open Book - Archive

Rare Books Digital Collections

Use Guidelines

Reproduction Request Form

Use Agreement

 Last Modified 7/17/19