Special Collections houses approximately 15,000 items. Some of these items are rare or unique and most require special handling and preservation.


The collections are available for use by Villanova faculty, students and staff as well as by visiting scholars and researchers.

Special Collections items are only available for consultation in the Special Collections Room. To request material, please fill out a Special Collections Request form available at the Information Desk in the library or submit the online form. Requested material will normally be available on the next business day, but Special Collections hours are subject to change so should be confirmed.

Books in Special Collections can be identified in the library catalog. Select "Books & More" on the results page and then you can limit results to "Special Collections" using the "Collection" facet to the right of the results.


Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday: CLOSED

Other hours by appointment.

It is recommended that you contact us prior to coming to ensure that there will be a librarian available to meet with you and so that we have time to retrieve materials for your visit.


Since many items are very fragile, photocopying is generally not permitted.  Digital photography is permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Further Information

Ask at the Reference Desk or contact a Special Collections Librarian.