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Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904

(434) 243-1776


Special Collections administers over 12 million manuscripts, 2.5 million items in the University archives, and 300,000 rare books, as well as approximately 4,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 125,000 photographs and small prints; over 8,000 reels of microfilm and 8,000 microfiche; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera. The Special Collections Department moved into their new 58,000 square foot building in August 2004. The new building has enough shelf space for the entire collection plus room for growth and state of the art climate control, fire suppression, and retrieval systems. The library is open Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm and is closed on Sunday.



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