Rare Books Collection

Photo of Special Collections manager, Tamara Belts, handling a rare book.The Rare Book Collection contains materials considered rare or in need of special care due to age and/or condition or other factors contributing to uniqueness. Materials in the Rare Books Collection may be used in the Special Collections research area.

Highlights of the collection include a number of scarce works in Chinese, Russian, and Mongolian. There are also important early works about Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest, and a selection of limited-issue 20th century Canadian literary works, especially poetry, with an emphasis on British Columbia authors.

The Rare Book Collection has been developed primarily through donations. We welcome the opportunity to consider gifts to the collection, particularly works in the areas of Northwest exploration and history; local history; and China, Mongolia, and the Russian Far East.

For information about donation, contact: speccoll@wwu.edu.

See a current list of the titles in The Rare Books Collection.