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Tisch Library, Tufts University


For Faculty in the Art & Art History Department



Monthly New Acquisitions in Tisch

Fine Arts



The Miscellany Collection at Tisch

A small collection of manuscript leaves, and others from early printed books.


Tisch Library Special Collections

Facsimiles of medieval manuscripts and more


Search the Tufts Library Catalog:

Manuscripts, Medieval
manuscripts renaissance
Illumination of books and manuscripts


BLC WorldCat (a variant on WorldCat)

Advanced Search Search with WorldCat


Web Sites

The Digital Scriptorium

An image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts from many institutions.

Codices Electronic Sangallenses (CESG) – Virtual Library

The primary goal of "The Virtual Abbey Library of St. Gall" project is to complete digitization and indexing of all the 355 manuscripts held by the Abbey Library of St. Gall produced before the year 1000 A.D. by the end of 2009.

Cary Collection: Medieval Manuscript Leaves, Western Europe: 12th - 16th centuries


80,000+ text images and 4,000+ medieval manuscript images from selected French municipal libraries.

Liber Floridus

A vast collection of digitized manuscripts from research libraries in France

Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Bodleian Library Manuscripts (University of Oxford)

Bodleian Library: Western manuscripts to c. 1500

British Library: Manuscript Collections

Treasures in Full: Gutenberg Bible (British Library)

Parker on the Web

The manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts: National Library of the Netherlands

Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections

Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

4000 Years of Miniature Books Project: Early Printed Books Through the 18th Century (Lilly Library, Indiana University.)

Hand Bookbindings: From Special Collections in the Princeton University Library

Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books (Library of Congress)

Discover Islamic Art

Islamic Heritage Project

Miniatures from the Topkapi Museum (Istanbul)

Monastic Matrix

A scholarly resource for the study of women’s religious communities from 400 – 1600 CE

Internet Medieval Sourcebook


Place course materials on Reserves:

At Tisch:

in person
by fax: 617.627.3002;
by e-mail:;
Online: Place a Book on Reserve
            Place a Photocopy on Reserve

At the Media Center:

in person;
by e-mail:
Online: Place DVDs on Reserve


  • Several weeks prior to each semester, Tisch Library e-mails reserve letters to all faculty identifying submission dates for ordering materials for reserve and for submitting reserve lists for processing. (the current reserve letter online for reference).
  • All reserve lists received by the identified deadline are ready for the start of classes.

The library recommends that faculty use the following guidelines:

Library books: a maximum of 25 library-owned titles per course using a 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Personal copies: 1 copy to 25 students ratio.

Binders: 1 copy to 20 students ratio (Binders are non-copyrighted material, e.g. homework or test solutions).

Photocopies: 1 copy to 20 students ratio for each title. The library does not limit the number of individual photocopied titles submitted for course reserve. Faculty members supply all photocopies.

All personal copies, photocopies and the contents from binders are returned to faculty at the end of the semester.

Textbooks can be placed on reserve as a faculty personal copy. As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks. Exceptions will be made on a case-to-case basis for those textbooks that have special value as a state-of-art presentation.

Faculty should consult with subject bibliographers before recommending a textbook purchase for course reserve.


  • All requests for media course reserves and streaming video are processed in order by date received. 
  • The Tisch Media Center provides a streaming video service for media course reserves.  In accordance with copyright policy, only library owned video collection materials may be digitized for course reserves as required viewing for a course. 
  • Titles not owned by the library can be requested for purchase to support media course reserves. 
  • Personal copies owned by faculty teaching the course will not be digitized. 
  • Digitized course materials can be linked to a faculty Blackboard account for viewing by the students enrolled in the class.   Access to the digitized materials will be disabled at the conclusion of the course. 


Please use the Form for routine purchase request:




Christopher Barbour

  Christopher Barbour
Humanities Bibliographer & Coordinator of Special Collections

Tel: 617-627-2398

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last updated: 5/10/2011