Xavier's Special Collections contains many rare sacred texts and theological works. It also has a strong collection of hagiography, Jesuitica (works related to the history of the Jesuits or created by Jesuits), and historical Bibles. Special Collections cares for Xavier University's Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition, a fine-art reproduction of the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictines' in over 500 years. A volume is on display in the Conaton Learning Commons Atrium.
The University Archives and Special Collections LibGuide contains more information about collection strengths and individual titles.
Search Xplore, the library catalog, to locate rare books in Special Collections.
University Archives and Special Collections is located in room 309 on the third floor of McDonald Library on the campus of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Appointments are required for access to University Archives and Special Collections materials. The materials are non-circulating (no check outs). Appointments are generally available Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. University Archives and Special Collections is closed during official University closures.
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All researchers will complete a Researcher Registration Form upon arrival.
Vita beati P. Ignatii Loiolae, Societatis Iesu Fundatoris (1609)