Irvin Department of Rare books and Special Collections



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The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is committed to making materials from its collections accessible to students, scholars, and the wider community.  Department holdings include 150,000 items and over 50 archival collections, ranging from early medieval manuscripts and incunabula to modern literature and historical scientific works.  To search the Irvin Department’s collections use the catalogue and finding aids.

The Irvin Department is located in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, at the south side of the main Thomas Cooper Library.  Enter by the bridge at the opposite end of the main floor from the Thomas Cooper entrance.    


Core Collections Natural History and Science History
British Literature American Literature Children's Literature
History of the Book    


Illustration of a flower from the Arader CollectionArader Collection Journal

Welcome to Arader Collection Journal. The catalogers working on cataloging the 9,000 plus item collection use this space to highlight some of their favorite selections based on the material they have cataloged to date. To see all of the items cataloged to date see the W. Graham Arader, III Collection in the online catalog.







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