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Rare Book Gallery and Reading Room

The Rare Book Gallery features changing exhibitions of the library’s holdings.

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The Rare Book Gallery features changing exhibitions of the library's holdings. Displays often highlight the collection of rare books, manuscripts, and drawings begun by Mildred Bliss, with advice from Beatrix Farrand, specifically in the field of landscape architecture, garden design, and garden history.

The nearby Rare Book Reading Room, of French eighteenth-century inspiration, was designed by Frederic Rhinelander King and completed in 1963. This room functions as a library reading room, as it did during Mrs. Bliss's era, and opens to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Now on View

Maya Ruins Past and Present

Stephens & Catherwood Revisited: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time

From September 1, 2015, in the Orientation and Rare Book Galleries, and in an online exhibit.

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