Rare Books & Special Collections
The Rare Books & Special Collections Department of the Northern Illinois University Libraries includes those materials that, because of subject coverage, rarity, source, condition, or form, are best handled separately from the General Collection.* Materials in RBSC do not circulate outside of our department.
We believe that although these materials are kept in a controlled environment for preservation reasons, they should indeed be handled and used--through classroom instruction, tours, exhibitions, research, and other instructional opportunities. We believe that primary materials are an integral part of the educational experience, provide students, faculty, and individual users at all levels in nearly all subject areas with interaction with "the real thing" right here on campus. We are also the home for the Friends of the NIU Libraries.
Lynne M. Thomas
Curator, Rare Books and Special Collections
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Senior Library Specialist
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*This statement taken originally from University of Idaho Special Collections--they just said it best!