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COVID-19 Response: Special Collections reading rooms are open by appointment only to students, faculty, and staff of Saint Louis University. We are sorry that visiting researchers are not permitted until further notice. Please email us (Rare Books, rbk@slu.edu | Vatican Film Library, vfl@slu.edu) at least one day in advance for arrangements to use the collections. All patrons must wear face masks and observe social distancing at all times.

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Saint Louis University's Special Collections -- Rare Books Division and Vatican Film Library -- is a laboratory for original research and learning based on primary sources. Our purpose is to collect, curate, and make accessible to students, faculty, and staff of Saint Louis University, as well as to visiting scholars and the local community, the rare book and medieval manuscript collections of the University Libraries.