Rare Books

Rare Materials in the GTU Library Collection

Rare books and other rare materials in the GTU Library collection are available for the use of GTU faculty, students, visiting scholars, and other library users Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Requests for use of materials must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Special research needs may be accommodated; please contact the Reference Desk at (510) 649-2501 / library@gtu.edu.

You will be required to fill out a Rare Materials Request Form and surrender a current photo-ID, preferably a driver's license, at the Circulation Desk while using the materials. You must use items in a reading area that will be arranged for you by library staff. Rare materials cannot be checked out or taken out of the library.

You may search for rare materials on GRACE, the GTU Library catalog. See also the following lists:


Rare Materials in the Swedenborgian Library and Archives

The Center for Swedenborgian Studies, an affiliated center of the Graduate Theological Union since July, 2015, has been a graduate school for religious training and scholarship since 1866.  Today the Center functions as a global focal point for dialogue, engagement, and research in the Swedenborgian tradition; the Center continues to serve as the official seminary of the Swedenborgian Church of North America

The Swedenborgian Library and Archives contains a wealth of materials for research and scholarship in all areas of Swedenborgian studies. In addition to the complete works of Emanuel Swedenborg in all translations and editions, one can explore works by and about authors, artists and thinkers influenced by Swedenborg and Swedenborgian thought via monographs, pamphlets, Swedenborgian periodicals, and current secondary research materials on subjects related to Swedenborgian thought. 

See the list of rare books at the CSS Library

The Swedenborgian Library and Archives is located in Holbrook Hall on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion and is open for researchers by appointment. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment to visit the library please call the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at 510-849-8228 to arrange your visit.


Rare Materials in the Wilbur Rare Book Collection, Starr King School for the Ministry

The Wilbur Rare Book Collection at the Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM), one of the member schools of the GTU, contains 1,300-volumes covering the history of Unitarian Universalism from the early 16th century to the Rev. Thomas Starr King's San Francisco ministry during the Civil War. For more information, please see the SKSM website.


For questions, please inquire at the GTU Library Reference Desk, (510) 649-2501 or e-mail.