Rare Book School sponsors a number of free, open-to-the-public evening lectures each year at the University of Virginia on a wide variety of bibliographical topics; please browse our list of past lectures for a sampling. RBS lectures are usually held Mondays and Wednesdays while RBS is in session, at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. A reception follows in 118 Alderman Library.

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Events & Activities
Events & Activities

Rare Book School sponsors and co-sponsors a range of programming at various times throughout the year, including activities at book fairs, symposia at UVA and other locations, and more. These include events organized by the RBS-Mellon Fellows in Critical Bibliography at their home institutions.

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  • Sep
    Archives, Memory & Identity: A Public Symposium

    Presented by: Rare Book School, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and UVA Libraries
    Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • Jun
    “Comics in Circuit” Gallery Tour

    Presented by: Ruth-Ellen St. Onge
    Dome Room, UVA Rotunda • 5:15–5:45 p.m.

  • May
    Women in a Golden Age of Artists’ Books (Roundtable)

    Presented by: Center for Book Arts; Rare Book School; the New York City Chapter of the American Printing History Association; Small Editions Artist's Books; and Theta Chapter, Beta Phi Mu Honor Society, Pratt Institute School of Information
    Center for Book Arts (28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor) • 6:30–7:45 p.m.


Since 1992, Rare Book School has been responsible for a rotating series of exhibitions in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, many curated by UVA undergraduate and graduate students. The books and other materials shown in these exhibitions are drawn both from the RBS collections and from the UVA Library, supplemented by occasional loans by other institutions and individuals.

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