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Special Collections

The Special Collections at CSUEB are home to early printed volumes, original letters by great authors, papers documenting the history of our region, and much, much more. Rare photographs, fine press materials, and unique items can all be found within the University Library’s collections.

The University Library’s Special Collections department was established in the early 1970s by the founding director of the University Library, Floyd R. Erickson.

In the formative years of the CSUEB Library, Erickson, an ardent bookman, purchased many private book collections to build the new library's collection of out of print and older material. Within these collections were found rare, old and unusual materials which formed the nucleus of Special Collections.

Over the years, the collection has grown from donations and library purchases, with current collection development emphasizing the illustrated book, fine press editions, and artists’ books.

Located on the Upper Mall of the Library adjacent to the Library Administrative Office (LI 3124), Special Collections is currently open for supervised use and study by appointment only. Due to the unusual nature of the materials, they are non-circulating and users are subject to special restrictions governing the use of these collections.

Remember, whether you need to conduct research using primary source materials, or simply want to touch a book published in 1533, your Special Collections await. Come and explore a new world of knowledge.

For an appointment, please call: (510) 885-3664.