Rare books are a valuable part of literary research. The Rare Books and Special Collection book collections in Special Collections and University Archives include a wide variety of authors and subjects, ranging from early printed literature to modern first editions. Many works of literature are printed in multiple editions which can vary in both text and the visual appearance of the book. Examining the physical characteristics of a book in addition to the text can be a useful strategy for literary research.
Below are some helpful tips for using rare books in your literary research:
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Use the University of Maryland classic catalog to search for titles in the rare book collection by date of publication, author, or keyword. Select Advanced Search and select Marylandia and Rare Books to search the rare book collection in Special Collections and University Archives. To narrow search results enter dates, language, or author if known.
Contact us with any questions about locating items in the rare book collections in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.
All rare books can be requested online and viewed in the Maryland Room, located in Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland College Park. For more information about requesting rare books, visit the guide to Using Special Collections and University Archives.