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​Rare Book Room

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Photo of the Rare Book RoomLocated on the fourth floor, the Rare Book room houses:

The Alfred Knight Rare Book Collection - 3400 items including cuneiform tablets, illuminated manuscripts, the second and fourth folios of Shakespeare and a leaf (page) from the Gutenberg Bible. Knight, a retired business executive, willed his books and manuscripts to the library in 1958.

An artist-made book collection - established in 1983, this collection includes works from the great presses of the 20th century as well as livres d'artiste, altered books, sculptured books, editions with special bindings and one-of-a-kind books. In 1993, Percent for Arts program funds enhanced this collection. 


A reference collection on the history of the book and the book arts. Image of an artist-made book

A Washington Press (circa 1895) made by the Ostrander Seymour Company of Chicago and donated to the Library in 1988.

​​Access to materials in the Rare Book Room is by appointment only. Call 602-534-9670 for an appointment.​

Take a Tour of the Rare Book Room

Rare Book Librarian Heather Kendall offers one-hour tours on occasion. Tours are free but space is limited. 

Check back soon for upcoming tour dates.

Image of Ed Zuercher talking to Heather Kendall in the Rare Book Room. 

​Learn more about the Rare Book Room from this interview with then-Acting and current City Manager Ed Zuercher and Rare Book Librarian Heather Kendall.