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Rare Books Collection

The Humboldt State University Library maintains a number of rare books as part of its Special Collections department. These items were acquired through the generosity of donors for the purpose of advancing research and scholarship at Humboldt State University. Titles of rare books can be found by using the HSU Library catalog, which will direct the patron to the location of the book on the third floor of the Humboldt State University Library.

Prior to being granted access to items in the rare book collection, researchers will agree to the following rules and guidelines:

The Humboldt State University Library promotes access to materials for all library patrons, whether they are affiliated with the university or with an outside group. Given the value, rarity and uniqueness of rare books, the Humboldt State University Library prioritizes access to those conducting academic and professional research.

In spring 2017, Library Scholar Interns Ryan Echeverri, Francisco Lopez and Steven Munoz created a digital exhibit and database highlighting some rare books in the collection. Please visit the site to see their work and a sampling of rare books in the collection.

Some rare books are digitized by students assistants and interns, and are included in the HSU Press reprint series. Please visit the HSU Press to view titles like the The Pinetum Britannicum (1884) and the History of Humboldt County, California (1881).