Special collections

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Special collections are generally housed in separate sections of a library and include rare, older, or valuable materials. Sometimes kept in closed stacks.

Some libraries maintain a separate section for rare books, manuscripts, personal papers, and other items which are of a certain form, on a certain subject, of a certain time period or geographical area, fragile, or especially valuable. These items are usually non-circulating and access to them may be by appointment only.

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