About Us

Special Collections at Memorial University consist of a general rare books collection, major subject collections in Folklore, Pre-Raphaelite Literature and the Victorian Illustrated Book, and Ecclesiastical and Theological literature. There are also a number of smaller collections in the disciplines of English Literature and of Classics.

Most QEII special collections are catalogued and can be searched using Memorial University Libraries' online catalogue. Special collections not yet catalogued may be searched through online bibliographies. Items from the collections do not circulate but can be viewed at the Archives and Special Collections reading room (located immediately behind the Centre for Newfoundland Studies service desk).


As of fall 2021, in-person access to Special Collections materials and reference services is by appointment only. Faculty and students should contact the Speical Collections librarian, Patrick Warner, at pwarner@mun.ca, giving twenty-four hours’ notice, if possible.

Book a Class Visit 

Bring your class to Special Collections to work with manuscripts and print works in their original formats! Please note that as of fall 2021, the Archives & Special Collections reading room has been relocated to the Maps Room on Level 1 of the QEII Library. For more information about the collections, please contact Patrick Warner



Find out more about what's new in our collections and more by visiting The Dog's Tooth.

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