Special Collections


The Department of Special Collections houses the archives, manuscripts, and rare books collections of the Saint Louis University Libraries. Our purpose is to preserve these materials and provide a laboratory for learning and research that enables students, faculty, and visiting researchers to engage directly with unique, rare, and original materials. Our collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books from as early as the fifteenth century, archives and modern manuscripts, still and moving images, and audio recordings open windows into the cultures and creativity of past ages and contemporary times. Many of our materials can be viewed online through the libraries’ Digital Collections. We encourage you to visit us and to make new discoveries in Special Collections!

Special Collections is open to all students, faculty, and staff of Saint Louis University, as well as visiting researchers and the general public. A photo ID and registration is required to use the collections. Special Collections is located in Pius XII Memorial Library and comprises three units:

  • Rare Books
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
    tel. 314-977-5070 | fax 314-977-3108 | jlowe3@slu.edu
    Location: Pius XII Memorial Library, Rm. 307
For directions, campus maps, and other information about visiting Saint Louis University, see the university’s visitor’s page. For access to Pius XII Memorial Library, see the library’s schedule and hours.


Department of Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108