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Welcome

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

Access

DUE TO COVID-19 - Physical access to Distinctive Collections materials is currently unavailable. Please search digitized collections available in the Digital Library; for assistance in researching distinctive collections materials please email us. You can also tune in to our Twitter feed or our Facebook page to see highlights from our collections and ask questions.

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.

Hours

DUE TO COVID-19 - Physical access to Distinctive Collections materials is currently unavailable. Please search digitized collections available in the Digital Library; for assistance in researching distinctive collections materials please email us. You can also tune in to our Twitter feed or our Facebook page to see highlights from our collections and ask questions.

Photocopying

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 Access Services Desk or contact a Distinctive Collections staff member.