Library

Special Collections

Special Collections is comprised of three different areas: The Rare Books and Manuscripts collections, which consists of books brought together by a collector or items brought together because of a particular theme; University Archives, which focuses on the history of the University; and the Long Island Studies Institute, which contains information about the history of Long Island.

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Rare Books & Manuscripts

Rare Books and Manuscripts

Books brought together by a collector or items brought together because of a particular theme.

Learn about Rare Books & Manuscripts
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University Archives

University Archives

Focuses on the history of the University.

Learn about University Archives
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Long Island Institute

Long Island Studies Institute

Information about the history of Long Island.

Learn about Long Island Studies Institute

World Changers

Cabinet of Curiosities

The top floor of the Library is a popular study spot, coveted for its peaceful bird’s-eye view of our campus and, on a clear day, of the New York City skyline.

Ten stories below, unseen and unknown to most, is a well of hidden treasures.

Online Exhibits & Student Research Projects

Exhibitions created from the Special Collections departments' varied materials, drawing their inspiration and content primarily from the historic records that document the history of Hofstra University, as well as the local and regional history of Long Island.

Contact Special Collections

Special Collections is currently open by appointment only. Non-Hofstra visitors must receive prior approval.

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