Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Rare Book Collection

rare books on shelf

Part of the Loyola Archives & Special Collections, the Rare Book Collection contains approximately 20,000 volumes reflecting the liberal arts foundation of Loyola. The areas of Philosophy, Religion, History and Geography, and Language and Literature are well represented with over 15 languages included in the collection.  Notable sections of the collection are the:

The above links provide access to digital versions of some of the books in named collections. Digital versions of books from the rest of the collection may be accessed here.

The Rare Book Collection is open to all researchers. Appointmens to use the collection are required. Please use the research appointment request form to make an appointment.


Bibliographies have been made for selected subjects in the collection. They can be accessed at Bibliographies.