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​Rare Book Room

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​About the Rare Book Room

Photo of the Rare Book RoomLocated on the fourth floor of Burton Barr Central Library, the Rare Book Room houses three collections:

The Alfred Knight Collection contains 3400 rare, historically significant books and ephemera including 4000-year-old clay tablets, illuminated manuscripts, Shakespeare's Second and Fourth folios and leaf from the Gutenberg Bible. 


The Artist Made Book Collection includes nearly 400 twentieth century and contemporary works from fine presses and leading artists. 


The Reference Collection is made up of 2000 books and periodicals on the history, structure and production of books and book arts. 

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.

Visiting the Rare Book RoomImage of an artist-made book


Rare Book Room tours are postponed indefinitely as Burton Barr Central Library is closed.


Research appointments cannot be arranged at this time. 

​For immediate assistance please telephone the Call Center at (602) 262-4636 during our business hours.

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