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Rare Books and Special Collections

Using the Rare Book Collections

The Rare Books and Special Collections Department is located on the second floor of Mullen Library in Room 214.

The department is open to all Catholic University and WRLC students, faculty and staff, as well as to visiting scholars. Hours are by appointment and appointments are required in advance for use of collection material. The telephone number is 202-319-5091.

All visitors to the department must sign in the departmental visitor log. Before using departmental material, researchers will be required to read and sign the department's Procedures and Rules for Users*. Researchers may download a PDF* of this form in advance and bring the completed and signed form on their first visit. With the exception of the reference collection, all departmental material is located in closed stacks and must be retrieved by departmental staff. Staff does not page books less than 30 minutes before closing. Researchers on a tight schedule are urged to request material in advance of their visit so that staff may have it ready upon their arrival. Visitors may wish to bring a sweater as our HVAC system is often temperamental.

Researchers may find cataloged material using SearchBox, the search interface for all library materials available at Catholic University. Many of the books in the department remain uncataloged and readers should consult department staff for assistance in finding materials located in card catalogs or databases of individual collections.

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