Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation

SEP 3   9:00 am - 5:00 pm | All Hours


Exhibition: "To Travel is to Live": Joanna Scott's DePotter's Grand Tour: Extended to August 31

Exhibition: Around the World in Four Collections 

Continuing the spirit of Armand De Potter’s lifetime philosophy, “To Travel Is To Live...”


Online Exhibition: All the School's a Stage: Student Theater at the University
“All the School’s a Stage” documents and celebrates the history of theater at the University of Rochester.
Exhibition: Open a Book, Open a Mind
In conjunction with the annual Read Out event, we present a sampling from 400 years of banned books from the collections.



Rare Book Collections
Printed books, journals and pamphlets from 1472 to the present.
Online Projects and Publications
Lincoln and his Circle, Frederick Douglass Project, Online Exhibits, Undergraduate Student Projects.
Manuscript and Special Collections
Letters, diaries, architectural drawings, maps, prints, photographs and more.
Databases for Manuscript, Book and Print Collections

University Archives
Manuscript and printed materials about the history of the University of Rochester.
Preservation Program
Information about our Preservation and Conservation programs, Disaster Manual, etc.


Access and User Services

Using the Collections 
Services for Faculty and Staff 
Frequently Asked Questions 

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Library Information

Location, Directions, Accommodations 
About the Department 

Collection Development and Management


All researchers should contact us by email or telephone (Monday-Friday) 48 hours before visiting, as some collections are not available for use without an appointment. 

Please note: the Reading Room closes 15 minutes prior to the closing of the department; no new material will be made available within a half-hour before closing.


In all cases, the librarians are happy to consult about research questions before you come to use the collections. Please call the department's general phone number (585) 275-4477 or send an email.


For other library hours, please go the central page.


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