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General Collections

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Saint Louis University Libraries provide relevant print, electronic, and audiovisual collections that support the general research and information needs of all academic units at Saint Louis University. The collection dates back to 1836 when the university began collecting materials for a library.

The libraries hold many historical items as well as a large number of contemporary titles. As of fall 2010 the Libraries held over 1,849,000 books and bound volumes, 2,669,000 microforms, 12,900 serial subscriptions, and more than 241,000 e-books. Government Documents are a rich source of information within the General Collections of Pius Library. Newer materials are listed in the Saint Louis University Libraries Catalog with direct access to electronic resources. Reference librarians will provide assistance with government information in all subject areas and formats. The majority of the documents collection is housed off-site and items will be available through a variety of service delivery options, and are requested through the SLU Libraries catalog.

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Digital Collections

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The Digital Collections of Saint Louis University Libraries consist of thousands of rare items that have been scanned, organized and presented for display online. This ever-expanding collection includes photographs, Archival documents, yearbooks, 19th Century SLU course catalogs, rare books, audio recordings, Civil War muster rolls, images from Medieval manuscripts, and many other unique treasures from the collections of SLU Libraries. These collections provide widespread access to our distinctive library collections, while also helping to preserve the original items for posterity.

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Special Collections

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Special Collections holds the archives, manuscripts, and rare book collections of the Saint Louis University Libraries. These collections consist of 6,000 linear feet of archives and manuscript materials, over 20,000 volumes of rare books, and the University Archives--which consists of historical university records and artifacts, faculty and alumni papers, university publications, and dissertations and theses. Many of our materials are available online through the library's Digital Collections.

Special Collections also houses the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, which is a research collection for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds on microfilm approximately half of the manuscripts from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, in addition to an extensive reference collection for research in paleography, codicology, manuscript illumination, and text editing. The Vatican Film Library also annually hosts the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies and publishes the journal Manuscripta.

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