W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections

  • The next phase of re-opening will be to welcome individual researchers back into the W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections reading room to consult our unique and rare materials. The service will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointment times will be between 9-noon and 1-4 PM each day. The number of appointments is limited to safeguard users and library staff. Please contact us at jordan.library@queensu.ca to set up an appointment. Further updates are available on our COVID-19 Updates on Library Services & Operations page. 

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  • W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections welcomes all researchers and visitors. Special collections items can be accessed in our reading room during our regular hours. If you know which items you would like to use, request them ahead of time online through our Rare Books & Special Collections Retrieval Request. If you are researching from a distance and have questions about reproducing images or pages, or would like to use an image for publication please review our Access & Reproduction policies and send us an email.

  • W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections welcomes undergraduate and graduate class visits. We offer instructional sessions using collection materials in either our Classroom (the Graham George Room) or our Seminar Room depending on availability. For more information on bringing your class to special collections, visit our page on Teaching with Special Collections.

  • W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections supports a rich exhibition program and holds events throughout the year. Please see our Library News for information on current exhibits.

  • The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection is focused on history and culture as expressed through early modern printing.At its core are the personal collections of Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf and of Canadian entrepreneur, Seymour Schulich. Through Mr. Schulich's continued support, Special Collections is actively adding to the initial 400 volume donation by acquiring 16th-century English printed books. The collection is housed and on display in the Seminar Room. You may also soon view the collection and related exhibits online.


Find Us

93 University Avenue 2nd Floor, Douglas Library
Kingston , ON K7L 5C4
Ontario CA

W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections Floor Plan

Jordan floorplan

What's on this Floor

  • Computers
  • Graham George Seminar Room
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Information Services
  • Scanner
  • Reading Tables
  • Reference Collections
  • Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection Reading Room
  • Special Collections Reading Room


  •  Information Services
  •  Public Stairs
  •  Emergency Exit
  •   Washrooms
  •  Drinking Fountain
  •  Print, Scan, Copy
  •  Public Phone
  •  Emergency Phone
  •  Assistance Phone
  •  Public Elevator
  •  Cafe