Fine printing and graphic arts collections


L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ©1985, illustrated and designed by Barry Moser

The library’s Special Collections and Archives department acquires and preserves fine printing collections, such as letterpress, limited edition, first edition, and other fine printed books, primarily from book artists in California.

The department also collects books on printing, marbling, papermaking, binding, and other aspects of book arts.

We assist students, faculty and other researchers; provide access to our book arts collections; and assist and teach classes in book production and design. We also promote the preservation and study of the book as a physical object as an integral part of California’s cultural heritage.

Learn more about the library’s fine printing and graphic arts collections