About

Reference Works is maintained by Gabriel Swift, Reference Librarian for Special Collections in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Prior to joining the Department in 2010, he was a Reference Associate in the Public Services Department of The Lilly Library, Indiana University. He holds an MLS with a Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship Specialization from the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University and a BA in English, Indiana University. His research interests include reference resources for rare books and rare book bibliographies. For more, see http://scholar.princeton.edu/gswift.

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, located in the Harvey S. Firestone Library and the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, is one of the premier repositories of its kind. Its holdings span five millennia and five continents, and include roughly 200,000 rare or significant printed works; 30,000 linear feet of textual materials, ranging from cuneiform tablets to contemporary manuscripts; a wealth of prints, drawings, photographs, maps, coins, and other visual materials; the Cotsen Children’s Library; and the Princeton University Archives. The privately owned Scheide Library is also associated with the Department. For more about the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, see https://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/.