Rare Books
Rare Books

The Rare Books collection contains rare and valuable print materials ranging from 14th-century religious materials to U.S. historical items to first editions of prominent 20th-century writers. The main part of the collection is housed in the Rare Books Room on the main level of Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.

The Saint John's Bible

Creighton University is privileged to have a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible on loan until 2019.  We are honored that the Rare Books Room will be home base for the Heritage Edition while it is on campus.  To learn more about this wonderful work of sacred art and Scripture and its time on Creighton's campus, please visit The Saint John's Bible section of our website.


Vienna Dioscurides (ADEVA facsimile)

Thanks to the generosity of Creighton alumnus His Excellency Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori of Dubai, visitors of our Rare Books collections have access to a limited edition facsimile of a 6th-century Byzantine text known as the Vienna Dioscurides.  Medical practitioners turned to the information and illustrations of medicinal plants for centuries; and the handwritten notations in multiple languages indicate that it was used in several countries.

Read more about our first featured item: A limited edition facsimile of the Vienna Dioscurides.

Visiting the Rare Books Room

The Rare Books Room serves as the research area for the University Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections department.  It is located on the main level of the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library on the main Creighton University campus.  The Rare Books Room implements open hours in two categories: research hours and viewing hours.

Research hours are intended to promote access to and use of archival, rare books and special collections.  Persons who wish to access items from these collections must either attend during scheduled research hours or make an appointment with the University Archivist.  Please be advised that archival and special collections will not be available to researchers unless permission for access has already been granted by the University Archivist.

Viewing hours will allow patrons to view exhibits, including the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible currently on loan to Creighton University.  The room will not be available for research during viewing hours.

Please note that scheduled research hours and viewing hours are currently intermittent, changing weekly while we address staffing and other needs, but will stabilize in the near future.  Current hours appear in the left column on the main webpage for Rare Books.