Special Collections & Archives houses almost 60,000 rare books and close to 17,000 periodicals which cover a broad range of subjects supporting the research and teaching functions of the University of Waterloo. Material in the collection dates from 1493 to the present day and includes works on dance, women’s studies, urban planning, the history of mathematics and computing, and private press imprints among others. All items can be located using the Library catalogue by first entering your search terms, and then selecting the “Dana Porter Library - Special Collections & Archives" facet, under Waterloo Library.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our rare book collection.

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The library has moved all of its reference online, including Special Collections & Archives. The Reading Room is therefore closed until further notice.

Please continue to contact us with your research requests. A selection of items is browsable via the Waterloo Digital Library. We also have over 140,000 items digitized—one might be what you’re looking for!

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