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 21,000 volumes reflecting the liberal arts foundation of Loyola. The areas of Philosophy, Religion, History and Geography, and Language and Literature are well represented. Over 15 languages can be found in the collection. 

Digitization of volumes from the Rare Book Collection is an ongoing project. The links below provide access to ones that have already been digitized and that are available online.

The above links provide access to digital version of some of the books in the collection.

Other areas in the collection include:

  • History of the Book
  • History of Medicine
  • Edward Gorey collection
  • Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection

Bibliographies are available for selected subjects in the collection. They can be accessed at Bibliographies.

The Rare Book Collection is open to all researchers. Appointments to use the collection are required.