Special Collections

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.

For more information on visiting special collections visit their page HERE.

University of Pennsylvania

Update for fall 2020:

Villanova University Faculty, Graduate Students, Visiting Faculty, and Library Staff are eligible for access to and courtesy borrowing privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

The above Villanova University patrons may request a letter at the Falvey service desk verifying they are in good standing and to request that courtesy borrowing privileges be granted at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center in accordance with the reciprocal agreement.

Villanova patrons will be considered Reciprocal Courtesy borrowers at Penn's Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. See all access policies, including database access, that apply on the web pages linked below:



American Theological Library Association 

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows Villanova University faculty and graduate students to borrow directly from participating libraries.

It’s easy to use!

  • Find a participating library on the ATLA website.
  • Show proof of current enrollment as required by the participating library.
  • Loan periods are determined by each participating library. You are responsible for adhering to local library policy and returning the materials in a timely fashion.

Contact Darren Poley, theology librarian, for more information about ATLA.