Rare Books

Welcome to the CRRS Rare Book Collection!

The CRRS Rare Book collection is renowned for the depth and quality of its materials relating to Erasmus of Rotterdam. In addition, we have a substantial library of rare books by a variety of Italian and Northern European humanists, scientists and theologians. Our rare book library boasts volumes in English, Latin, Italian, German, French and Spanish. With over 4,000 volumes available for consultation, the CRRS is one of North America’s premier centres for the study of the Reformation and Renaissance.

To inquire about one of our rare books contact our team at:

To request a CRRS rare book, please click here to fill out our online form

Searchable Catalog
Digital Exhibits
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Featured Rare Books

* To view our rare books as a Zotero group library: You may download Zotero either as a standalone program or as an extension of the Firefox browser. With a Zotero account, you will be able to join the “CRRS Rare Books Catalogue” group and add it to your own Zotero library. Once you have set up your Zotero account, to join the CRRS Library, simply visit our group page and click the “Join Group” button. If you are a rare book scholar and would like to contribute copy-specific information to our Zotero records, please contact Dr. Natalie Oeltjen.


French Rare Books at the CRRS: To view a listing of French-language rare book holdings at the CRRS, please click the appropriate century below.

Les Livres Français — Seizième Siècle (1500s)
Les Livres Français — Dix-septième Siècle (1600s)
Les Livres Français — Dix-huitième siècle (1700s)
Les Livres Français — Dix-neuvième Siècle (1800s)