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Library Collections

Kistler Library is home to nearly 150,000 print volumes in all subject areas, in addition to approximately 500 linear feet of archival material in the Rosemont College Archives and a growing host of subscription electronic resources. The Library's Special Collections are listed below:

Alumni Collection
A collection of publications written by alumni of both the Undergraduate College and SGPS.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room.

Capstone and Thesis Collection
A collection of student capstone and thesis projects from various College degree programs. Some available digitally.
Currently located in Room 304 (ELSR) and the Library Office.

Children's Library
An expansive collection of children and young adult fiction and nonfiction, including picture books and winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King awards, among others.
Currently located in the Upper Reading Room, with some nonfiction titles located in Room 112.

Dr. Charles Cherry First Editions Collection
A collection of First Edition 20th Century American Literature, donated by Dr. Charles Cherry, who taught at Villanova University.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room.

Dr. George C. Fago Homer Collection
A collection of various books about Homer as well as a large collection of editions of The Iliad and The Odyssey dated from 1769 through 2017. Donated by Dr. George Fago, who taught psychology at Ursinus College and was a devoted classicist. A bibliography prepared by Professor Tim Jackson is available.
Currently located in Room 301.

Francenia Emery African American Book Collection
A collection of titles written by and about African Americans, including many rare and first edition books and a signed monograph by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room.

Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility Collection
A collection built by Professor Alan Preti to support the work of the Institute.
Currently located in Room 304 (ELSR).

Iwilla Literary Small Press Collection
A collection of items published by Iwilla Press and other small presses, including highlights by Native American, African American, and Latinx writers, donated by Ms. Yvonne Chism-Peace '66.
Currently located in Room 301.

Mr. & Mrs. Kistler Collection
A collection of books donated to the Library by our primary benefactors, the Kistlers, several of which include their signatures and corresponding gift plates.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room.

Paul Ingersoll Signed Publisher's Bindings
A collection of decorative publisher's bindings signed by the bindings' designers.
Currently located in the Upper Reading Room.

Paul Ingersoll Publisher's Bindings
A collection of unsigned decorative publisher's bindings.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room and in Wilson Library, Main Building.

Rare Book Collection
A collection of miscellaneous rare books dating from the 1600s to the present.
Currently located in Room 113.

Rare Children's Book Collection
A collection of rare and unusual children's books dating from the 1800s to the present.
Currently located in Room 113.

Rosemont Collection
A collection of titles concerning Rosemont College, its founders, and related figures.
Currently located in the Front Reading Room.

Yvonne Chism-Peace Women's Poetry Collection
A collection of first edition and uncorrected proofs of women's poetry books, anthologies, and periodicals from the 1970s through the 1990s, which had formed part of the Ms. Magazine library when Ms. Chism-Peace '66 was their poetry editor.
Currently located in Room 301.