Rare Book Collection

  • The Rare Book Collection in the IUP Special Collections and University Archives serves to protect many valuable and unique publications in the IUP Libraries. Although many items were acquired through donations, an active acquisitions policy has significantly increased the library’s holdings in recent years.

    English and American Literature form the basic focus for the collection, which serves as an integral component for research, scholarship, and doctoral programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

    The Collection

    • Although books in this collection do not circulate, you can search titles on the IUP Libraries’ website.

    • First and limited editions, and works published by notable printing presses.

    • Publications associated with significant or famous individuals, often signed copies. An excellent example in the collection is George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia (1938), which includes notes and corrections to the text made by Orwell.

    • Examples of fine printing or binding, including unique items such as the seventeenth-century Spanish illuminated manuscript which includes handwritten documents from the Spanish royal court.

    • Schedule a research visit to the IUP Special Collections and University Archives.