The Department of Special Collections and University Archives includes the Library's rare book and manuscript collections, housed in the Donohue Rare Book Room, and the historical records of the University of San Francisco, housed in the University Archives office located on the Lower Level of the Gleeson Library. Exhibitions are featured regularly in the Donohue Rare Book Room and may be viewed during regular Rare Book Room hours.
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Unbound: Moving Through Time, Memory & Place in Modern Book Arts through June 14.
Donohue Rare Book Room summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are not required, but may be made by calling (415) 422-2036. Please note that the Rare Book Room will be closed May 20-21.
The Donohue Rare Book Room is located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library, opposite the north elevator.
Materials located in the Donohue Rare Book Room are cataloged in Ignacio, the online catalog. To request material located in the Rare Book Room, record the title and call number and take it to the Rare Book Room, where staff will retrieve the item for you.
Access to Collections
Special Collections and University Archives materials are available to students, faculty and the University Community; non-affiliated patrons and researchers may access the collection by calling the Rare Book Room in advance to schedule an appointment.
- Special Collections and University Archives materials do not circulate.
- Only pencils may be used in the Rare Book Room. Pencils are available from staff.
- The Rare Book Room is for use by Library patrons using special collections material and is not intended for study hall use.
- Photocopying of special collections material may be available at a cost of 50 cents per page.