The Rare Book Collection houses, preserves, and protects thousands of rare and diverse volumes, and makes them available to researchers. Through the years, MSU Libraries has purchased or received donations of many important, historic and valuable books.
MSU Libraries' Rare Book Collection includes:
A book of high intrinsic importance which has a demand greater than the available supply, thus creating a market value.
Many factors play a part in determining a book's rarity:
Is the content of historical interest?
Is it one of the only examples of its kind?
Are there few existing copies?
Was the book printed long ago, or in a significant time period?
Is it a first or limited edition?
Is the book in good condition?
Did the author, or someone close to the author, a famous person, or someone who was associated with the book, own or annotate the book?
Is the book bound or printed with a specific material or technique? Was it printed by an important printer?