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Library Tour

Virtually explore the non-virtual parts of the library!

Archives (Room 164)

Archives contains manuscripts, pictures, and other materials that are unique to Carleton. Anything you need to know about Carleton's history you can probably learn from the archivist and his collection.

What Are Special Collections?

Special Collections is home to the library's rare books, artists' books, and other printed materials that are historically significant, rare, valuable, fragile, have an unusual format, or otherwise need special care and attention. The oldest book in our collection was printed in 1471, and the newest book in the collection is an artists' book printed this year. Other highlights include a printed Book of Hours, the complete Diderot Encyclopedia, Revolutionary War pamphlets, and Oliver Byrne's The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid, in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for greater ease of learners. 

Visiting Special Collections (Room 170)

You are welcome to see Special Collections materials outside of a class session! Appointments are suggested, and can be scheduled Monday - Friday, between 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Reference appointments and classes using Special Collections materials meet in Library Room 170, located on the first floor of the library.

  • From the elevator: Library Room 170 will be on your left. Pass the sign for the College Archives (Library Room 164) and two study rooms.

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