About the collection

Located within Musagetes Library is a separate, environmentally-controlled Rare Book Room housing one of Canada's most outstanding collections of rare books on architecture and design. Titles in the collection date from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and include the Rosa Breithaupt Clark collection and the William Dendy Library.

Using the collection

All rare book materials can be discovered though Omni, the library's catalogue.

Musagetes Architecture Library and our Rare Book Room are currently closed. The reading room will reopen on Monday, September 13 for limited, in-person appointments, with a capacity of one person. Same-day appointments may not be available. Contact us to book an appointment; please include a list of the materials you would like to view.

Special Collections & Archives, located within Dana Porter Library on the Waterloo campus, is pleased to offer limited in-person appointments for current Waterloo students, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.