Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation

FEB 12   9:00 am - 5:00 pm | All Hours

Exhibition: Recent Acquisitions: 2014-2015

In this exhibit you will find a special showing of books, maps, photographs, and more providing insight into how Rare Books and Special Collections is growing.

Exhibition: Researching the Daguerreotype at the University

When the daguerreotype was invented in 1839, it immediately transformed...


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Exhibition: The Ever-Better Entrepreneur

Last year, 250 patents were filed by inventors from all corners of the University, but our history of entrepreneurial faculty and alumni stretches back to our earliest years...

Exhibition: Noble Anderson! The Bicentennial of Our First President
For almost its entire history, the University has been under the watchful eye of its first president, Martin Brewer Anderson...



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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