The Rare Books Department holds more than 80,000 books, maps, ephemera, and realia documenting the record of human communication from ancient clay tablets to twenty-first century artists' books.
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.
hold history in your hands
Arabic Papyrus, Parchment & Paper
For help with Rare Books, please contact us by email. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can.
The Special Collections Reading Room is open by appointment only,
Monday through Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Appointments must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Appointments are available in two hour blocks:
10:00 am -12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 4:00 pm