Villanova University

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Falvey Memorial Library

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1683
610-519-5271 voice

The Special Collections Room is generally open

  • Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Friday: CLOSED

Contact us to confirm the current schedule or to make an appointment for other hours.


Rare Book Room, 610-519-5271

Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator, 610-519-5271,

Laura Bang, Digital Library and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, 610-519-6390,

The Special Collections of Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library are comprised of some 15,000 printed volumes along with papers and historical records. Notable sub-collections include holdings in Augustiana, European imprints to 1800, the Hubbard Collection (works by Elbert G. Hubbard and works printed at the Roycroft Press), the McGarrity Collection on Irish History and Irish-American relations, incunabula, fine bindings, Cuala Press and Dolmen Press chapbooks and broadsides, North American imprints to 1820, and Villanovana.

The Library also hosts the University Archives, located on the fourth floor of the library. The Augustinian Historical Institute, which is dedicated to the heritage of the Augustinian Order, is also located on the Villanova University campus. Special Collections is actively acquiring rare items in Irish history and Irish-American relations and also in the area of Augustinian studies.

Current projects include the digitization of items from Special Collections for inclusion in the Villanova University Digital Library.