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John M. Kelly Library

Rare Book Collections: Book History Laboratory

The Rare Book Collections function as an effective laboratory for book history courses in the St. Michael’s College Book & Media Studies Program. Students can use items in the collections to learn more about bindings, paper, fonts, illustration formats, and provenance.

All items in the collections are listed in the University of Toronto Libraries Catalogue. Many items have been digitized; the catalogue records include links to the digitized versions. Students are welcome to make an appointment to see particular items in the collection.
Many books in the collections are of interest for the physical aspects of the item: