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Built over a period of years that traces back to 1858 and the Loveland Collection in the Richardson Hall Reading Room, our Rare Book collection is comprised of titles with a particular affinity to the intellectual life of St. Lawrence University. These titles might be part of one of our significant collections—such as the Adirondack Fiction, Adirondack Poetry, Rockwell Kent, or Frank P. Piskor Robert Frost Collections—or have a personal or familial connection to the SLU Libraries.  Our collection ranges from sixteenth-century titles to contemporary trade paperbacks.  The collection is accessible through the library catalog. 


Book Arts


An important component of our teaching collections is our Book Arts Collection.  This collection consists of Fine Press books and Artists’ Books and provides students a means to explore the idea of a book. 

Presses represented in these collections include Kelmscott Press, Janus Press (of Newark Vermont), Flying Fish Press, Scripps College Press, Golden Hind, and Black Cat.



In 2019 Special Collections and Archives Librarian Paul Doty gave a TEDx talk on potential in teaching bibliographic studies of old books (using several titles selected from our Rare Book Collection).  Mr. Doty’s talk “Let Me Show You a Book,” is online.