The Rare Book Collection covers over 900 years of human interaction with the book, and aptly illustrates that the book has meant many different things to people across time and place.
Our Rare Book Collection includes a variety of topics, including Science and Technology, Medieval and Renaissance Books, Ephemera, Anglo-American Literature and more!
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Our Digital Holdings
A small number of books in the collection are available on our digital repository
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Science and Technology
The Scientific holdings of the Rare Book Collection cover the advancement of learning from ancient Greece to the atomic age.
The Natural World
From the classification of species to the place of humanity in it, our collections contain attempts to describe the world from around the world.
Medieval and Renaissance Books
Holdings from the earliest printers in Europe and the manuscripts that circulated alongside them.
Holdings from across the Anglophone world from the Middle Ages to the present, with particular strength in the writers of New England.
Ballads, broadsides, and political print culture from Europe and the Americas.
The Early Modern Atlantic
The history, politics, and commerce of the colonial Caribbean.
Collections of fine and small presses and modern artist books, including those produced by artists in residence at the UF School of Art and Art History.