The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, or RBML, is the principal repository for early manuscripts and rare books and for literary manuscripts in the broad fields of literature, history, art, theology, technology, and the natural sciences. Established in 1936 from Professor Harris Fletcher’s John Milton collection and Professor Thomas Baldwin’s Shakespeare collection, the RBML has grown to over half a million books and several kilometers of manuscript materials. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a vibrant Museum of the Book, embracing its role as a cultural destination for the campus and the region, while remaining a place of serious research for Illinois students and faculty and for scholars from around the world. The library is open to anyone wishing to use the collection.
However, before using library materials, all users must create a reader account. This is specific to RBML, and separate from your library account. All library materials must be used within the reading room, and may not leave the library.
Next, we’ll go to the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections by exiting RBML and turning right at the hallway intersection.