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Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books Collection is the Libraries’ oldest and most diverse special collection. It has no specific subject focus since its holdings have been gathered from books already owned by the Libraries and from gifts. This non-circulating collection consists of manuscripts, early printed books, limited editions, autographed or association copies, books of famous presses, and books which are scarce in the United States. The collection is strong in Catholic theology, canon law, English and American literature, and rare encyclopedias.

The Rare Books Collection may be consulted by appointment. Please email the University Archives and Special Collections or call 937-229-4256.