Rare Books

The Rare Books Collections include most works owned by the Library which were published before 1850 as well as later works which are exceptionally valuable, are numerically scarce, or have significant provenance. The collections are strongest in Catholic history and theology and in French literature.

Collection Highlights

Flickr Albums

Book History Laboratory

The Rare Books Collections function as an effective laboratory for book history courses in the St. Michael’s College Book & Media Studies Program. Students can use items in the collections to learn more about bindings, paper, fonts, illustration formats, and provenance: