We need your help to put our materials - as rare as they are - right into people's hands.
The Ohio State University Libraries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Library needs your help to fulfill its mission to put its materials – as rare and valuable as they are – right into people's hands. The library's collection encompasses more than 250,000 books, manuscripts, publications and other materials — from medieval manuscripts to examples of renaissance drama, American literary archives, historical architecture books, photographs, materials from WWI and WWII and much more. Every part of the collection, says curator Eric Johnson, is used by students and faculty.
"Our inclusive, hands-on approach helps foster an appreciation for the information these materials hold, spanning time periods and cultures, and the importance of a work's material form as a valuable artifact," Johnson says. "We're unique because we want the rare books and manuscripts to be actively used. I constantly fight the esoteric idea that these things are 'too good' or 'too valuable' to actually be used. It's important that they are."
The collections are used to advance research, facilitate discovery and encourage exploration, and are open to scholars, students and lifelong learners. They are the foundation of the "Medieval Manuscript Studies" course and are used in classes across Ohio State. Fulfilling the promise of Ohio State's land grant mission, works from the collection have been used to teach classes from nearly a dozen external colleges and universities. Most importantly, the materials provide students like Rose McCandless hands-on research opportunities.
Your donation supports the continued growth of these collections ensuring our students continue to experience the kind of educational experiences that set Ohio State apart from other universities.
Want to learn more about the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library? Join us October 28 for Preview Night, a virtual event celebrating the newest acquisitions for the collection.