With more than 132,000 volumes of printed books and periodicals and more than 6,000 feet of non-book materials, Rare Books and Special Collections is a vital component of teaching and research at Notre Dame. Featured below are selected images of the holdings.

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A close up of an opened book in focus. Blurred in the background is a professor speaking to a small group of students looking down at other books.
Professor David T. Gura teaches students to read medieval handwriting in his Latin Paleography class using manuscripts in Rare Books and Special Collections.
Movable storage with framed labels on each one. On the corner there are shelves of books.
Rare Books and Special Collections’ stacks.

Photography by Matt Cashore