Keller Library’s Special Collections Materials Used Worldwide

Dr. Lied with papyrus, librarians
Dr. Lied with papyrus, librarians at Keller Library

Our friend, Dr. Liv Engeborg Lied, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, has us all excited about her new blog!

Dr. Lied is an expert on the ancient Jewish document called 2 Baruch and was excited to see Pap. Oxyrhynchus 403, a fourth-century CE papyrus housed in the Keller Library’s Rare Books and Manuscripts collection. Just today, she has posted a photograph and information about why this fragment of Baruch is important. Find out more from Dr. Lied’s blog post here.

People from all over the world come to Chelsea Square to do research using our Special Collections materials. Just this past year, researchers from the United Kingdom, Haiti, Spain and Hong Kong made scholarly discoveries using our holdings. Our students are encouraged to use these rare materials in their work, too.

One of the most rewarding experiences a special collections librarian and archivist can have is to witness the astonishment and joyful exclamations when a researcher makes that great find…we are fortunate at the Keller Library that we have this experience often! Would you like to do research using Keller Library materials? Find out more about our Special Collections and how to gain access to our Library here.