The Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a non-circulating medieval studies library at the University of Rochester. The Library contains comprehensive holdings across medieval history, literature, art, and culture, with particular strength in the British Isles. It has significant holdings in vernacular literatures, Arthurian studies, material culture, the medieval Mediterranean, medieval history, the history of science, art and stained glass, philosophy, theology, manuscript studies, the history of the book, witchcraft, critical theory, and medievalism. It also has a substantial collection of rare books and incunabula, as well as artist books. The Robbins Library is open to all users.
The Robbins Library is also home to the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, a reference collection for literary study. This collection comprises major reference materials and handbooks for literary history, critical theory, the history of the book, and the digital humanities.
The core collection was donated by noted Middle English scholar Rossell Hope Robbins and his wife, Helen Ann Mins Robbins. Helen Ann, Rossell and his sister, Marjorie Hope Robbins, have endowed ongoing acquisition of material.
Collections, Resources, and Information
The Camelot Project
Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information
METS (Middle English Texts Series)
Online full text of Middle English works, with glosses and notes
The Robin Hood Project
Texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information
The Crusades Project
The Crusades in English Literature
The Cinderella Bibliography
Annotated bibliography of Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast
Images illustrating Chaucer's works and a bibliography of illustrated editions
Reclaiming the Death of a Beautiful Woman: Female Voices Adapting the Lady of Shalott
Digital exhibit by Margaret Sheble, exploring adaptations of the Lady of Shalott.
Beowulfiana: Modern Adaptations of Beowulf
The Crusades & Western Cultural Imagination
Death and Dying in the Middle Ages
Joan of Arc's Brief Life and Long Afterlife
Malory's Morte d'Arthur
Medieval Alexander Bibliographies
Robin Hood: Development of a Popular Hero
Sex, Society and Medieval Women