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Rare Books and Periodicals

Special Collections and Archives holds approximately 70,000 rare books and periodicals focused on a variety of subject areas. The collections also include items that are considered valuable, unusual or fragile. Due to their condition and rarity, these materials benefit from a light, temperature and humidity controlled environment. They are stored in closed-stacks areas to ensure that the materials are available for our patrons to use for many years to come.

Collection Strengths at James Branch Cabell

Collection Strengths at Tompkins McCaw Library

  • 19th century American medical imprints
  • Physiatry and otorhinolaryngology
  • Confederate Medical imprints

To learn more about our rare books and periodicals, you can schedule a consultation or instruction session.

Contact Us

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library
or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: M - F, by appointment only.

Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library
or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: M - F, by appointment only.