Special Collections

Special Collections

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections houses print and manuscript documents, fine bindings, archives and artwork including, 8,000 volumes of Catholic Americana.

Hours and location

Ave Maria University Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Canizaro Library. Hours are by appointment. To request an appointment, please fill out the Rare Books and Special Collections Appointment Request form.


Ave Maria University Special Collections serves as the repository for unique and valuable materials requiring special protection. Materials are non-circulating and may be consulted only in the reading room. Patrons are required to register and present photo identification before using materials.

Personal items must be stored.

No food or drink is allowed in the reading room.

Only pencils and paper may be used in the reading room.

Laptops are permitted.


Permission for photocopies must be obtained in advance. Special Collections reserves the right to limit the number of copies made.

Digital camera use

Camera use by researchers occurs only by appointment and with departmental permission.


The Department of Special Collections adheres to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Department will not fulfill duplication requests that, in its judgement, would either damage the materials or risk violation of copyright law.


Special Collections welcomes gifts and encourages individuals to contact the department regarding the donation process. Many of the most significant items in the collections are a result of donations which provide the resources to make Special Collections a vital center for research.

Giving to Rare Books and Special Collections

For questions please contact:
Jennifer Nodes
Director of the Library