One way the library grows its resources is through the purchase of private collections. Through these acquisitions, we receive rare and important books, which have been used by the scholars who owned them. For example, with Florentino García-Martínez’s collection, we received his foundational research materials about the Dead Sea Scrolls, which he used for the past five decades to research and publish works about the scrolls.
Most of these collections are in the alcoves in the main hall under bronze letters that indicate their original owners. We hope you can explore and enjoy these resources!
You can use the online catalog to check if a book is located within the private collection alcoves. Upon finding a book in the library catalog, click on the arrow to the right of the book entry and then click on the word "Copies" at the bottom. Books in private collections will have the name of the collection under the "Loc1-Loc2" column and will likely be located in the alcoves in the main hall. Books with "LH" or "MLO" are not available to patrons. If you are unable to find a book, we can help.
Read biographical information and accomplishments of these scholars by clicking on their names below.