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Experience centuries old and one-of-a-kind books

The Rare Books Collection, located on the sixth level of the Wise Library, contains old and rare books from 1300 to the present which have been donated to the University Libraries or transferred from the Libraries' general collections. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of literature, history, religion, philosophy, and natural history. These subject areas reflect the personal interests of donors who have given their own collections of rare books to the University Libraries.

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Students visiting the Rare Books Collection

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Stewart Plein

Assistant Curator for WV Books and Printed Resources & Rare Book Librarian
Phone: 1-304-293-0345

Class Visits

The Rare Books Collection opens to classes to give students hands-on experiences with unique artifacts. To schedule a visit, contact Stewart Plein.


The Rare Books Collection would not be possible without the generosity of donors. For more information, visit our Donate page.




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