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Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections houses the University Library's rare books and manuscript collections, the University Archives, and the California Jesuit Archives.

Materials may be viewed in the Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room by University students, faculty, staff and other researchers. For more information, feel free to contact us. The Reading Room is located on the third floor of the Harrington Learning Commons and Library in room 310.

The regular hours for the Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - noon & 1 - 5 p.m. As there may be exceptions to regular hours for holidays and other campus events, please contact us prior to planning your visit.

Reference and research assistance is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 408-554-4094.

Current Exhibits

  • Art Interpreting Scripture

    Characters in and Creators of the Bible

    April 15, 2017 - April 1, 2018

    This exhibit juxtaposes biblical art with text in creative ways, combining bibles from Archives & Special Collections with a selection of washi prints by Sadao Watanabe. Using illustrations by contemporary biblical artists, this exhibit invites you to reconsider biblical texts as theological artifacts. Just as Jesus is the Word made flesh, every copy of the Bible is the Word made paper, leather, vellum, glue, and ink. Every printing of the Bible is an interpretation of the text, an exercise in the incarnation of Scripture. More than just a display of rare books, we invite you to treat this exhibit as itself a biblical interpretation.