Special Collections

Short Description

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP), including the University Archives, is the home of the University of Rochester's rare and unique historical materials. 

Visitors are welcome. RBSCP's spaces include the Jacob Robert Cominsky Reading Room, the Hyam Plutzik Library for Contemporary Writing, and the William Henry Seward Room.


Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) is open to everyone. Our in-person research hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We partner with students, faculty, and the community through exhibitions, classes, workshops, and lectures.

RBSCP will be closed on Monday, July 4th, and from 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Friday, July 15.

For questions about the department, including reproductions, please contact us. If you have questions about a specific collection or research topic, your email will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. 

Explore RBSCP

Welcome! More information about who we are and how to visit us. 

Rare Books and Special Collections
Learn more about our collections through our finding aids, subjects guides, and our access and collection development policies. 

Digital Exhibitions and Projects
Links to a wide range of digital exhibitions and projects created by students, faculty, and RBSCP staff. 

Our blog contains information about the collections, people, and events of RBSCP and the University Archives.

Your Weekly Louise
Learn more about congresswoman Louise Slaughter and what was included in the collection that now lives within RBSCP.

We are open to everyone and partner with students, faculty, and the community on instruction, research, internships, events, and physical and digital exhibitions.

University Archives
Discover the history of the University of Rochester through manuscripts, publications, images, exhibitions, and more.

Digital Collections and Publications
Links to fully digitized collections and publications from RBSCP and the University Archives.

Databases for Collections
Databases have been developed for a number of manuscript, book, and print collections in the department to enable access to their contents.

This video gives you an overview to the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. It includes a bird's eye view of our collections, how we are different from the rest of River Campus Libraries, and an introduction to our online exhibits and collections.

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