Above: Leaf from Regla de la Sagrada Orden de Penitencia de la Nuestra Seraphica Padre Sant Francisco, held in Special Collections. BX3654.A3 1528
University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections serves as a research and teaching resource for students, faculty, and the community at large. Its mandate is to collect, preserve, and make accessible rare books, manuscripts, architectural plans, photographs, and oral history interviews. All members of the university community, as well as those outside the university, are welcome to use the resources and services of the department.
Our collection of rare books and unpublished material provide opportunities for original research in diverse areas. As well as holding books in all disciplines from the 16th century onward, Special Collections strives to acquire publications that complement the major subject and author areas of its manuscript holdings to provide more comprehensive research collections. Similarly, our digital collections support a variety of digital initiatives to promote wider access to our unique collections.