Rare Books Collection

Guidelines for Using the Rare Books Collection
  • The Rare Book collection is for use only under the supervision of library staff. It cannot be browsed, library staff will retrieve requested item(s) for you. You need to present a completed Rare Books/Special Collections Registration and complete the Request Form online. You will also need to present a photo ID to the reference librarian on staff once you arrive for your appointment.
  • The number of books or manuscript boxes that may be used at any one time is limited, and at the discretion of library staff.
  • Food and drinks are prohibited in the consultation area. All bags and other personal effects (including cell phones) must be left with the reference librarian. You may bring your laptop; electrical outlets are available.
  • Materials must be handled with extreme care. In some cases, the reference librarian may need to handle the item for you.
  • Books and manuscripts must be returned to the librarian on duty when you leave the room.
  • Reproduction services are available at a charge.  Please consult a member of the reference or Archives staff for pricing and other details. Please note that many items in the collection are too fragile for reproduction.
Guidelines for Donating Books to the Rare Books Collection

If you are interested in donating books printed between the 15th-19th centuries, please contact [email protected].