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Seat reservations are no longer required to enter the Gelman or VSTC Libraries. Building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff with a GWorld card that is enabled for campus access. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors.  

Rare Books and Maps

Rare Books and Maps

The Rare Book and Maps Division of the Special Collections Research Center comprises rare and specialized book collections, ranging from noteworthy cultural and religious print materials to faculty and alumni authored books.

I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection

The Gelman Library has diverse and wide-ranging holdings in the field of Hebrew and Judaic studies, including modern Judaica, rare books, and archival materials. Foremost among the resources in the Special Collections Research Center is the I. Edward Kiev Collection, the leading university collection of Judaica in the Washington Research Library Consortium.

Middle East Institute Rare Book Collection

The Middle East Institute Rare Book Collection is the original collection held in the The George Camp Keiser Library of the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC. The collection consists of some 700 volumes of oriental literature and orientalist scholarship, addressing various aspects of the history, culture, politics, literature and languages of the Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, Central Asia, the horn of Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and the Islamic lands. A large part of the collection is composed of travelogues and other geographical works related to these regions.

Map Collection

The Washingtoniana map collection includes over 360 maps, many of them rare, and other printed graphic materials documenting Washington, DC and the surrounding areas from 1630 through 2003. The map collection also contains the Maps of the Holy Land collection donated by Samuel Halperin and Henry Epstein, which includes maps of the Middle East created by such famous cartographers as Gerhard Mercator, Sebastian Münster,  Christian von Adrichem, and Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville.

Specialized Book Collection

This collection contains more than 60,000 titles and covers a variety of subjects and time periods. It includes fine examples of early modern printing, historic materials about the District of Columbia, works from nearly every century, and fiction books by Washington, DC authors and publishers. For information on specific topics please see our Bibliographies page.

Corcoran Collection of Artists' Books

Artists’ books are works of art, sometimes published in small editions and sometimes one-of-a-kind, that are manifested in book or book-like form. The Corcoran Collection of Artists' Books contains over 300 artists' books focusing broadly on the theme of social justice. The artists’ books collection serves as a teaching collection in support of the the Corcoran School's books arts and printmaking programs. View all Corcoran collection artists' books in our library catalog.


If you are interested in reviewing materials from our Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, Middle East Institute Rare Book Collection, Map Collection, or Specialized Book Collection, please contact us via our webform.

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