The Special Collections Department hosts over 100 000 documents: manuscripts, foreign old books, Romanian old books, atlases, albums, maps, engravings, archives, sheet music.
As regards contents, the library owns printed documents from almost all fields of knowledge and human creation, a fact that reflects the history of this cultural establishment. There are kept here literary, theological, philosophical, historical and juridical works, medical, chemistry, physics works, publications which used to belong to political and cultural personalities, sovereigns, famous scholars or to the well-known libraries of the Vasilian Academy, Royal Academy or Mihaileanu Academy. The value of these documents is rendered by their age, their rarity degree or by ex-libris or other written marks they might have.
During the last years, the collections have been enriched with multimedia documents: records, audio tapes, video tapes, CDs and CD-ROMs, photocopies, microfilms.
These collections, which were called at first “the rarity collection” were established and ever since the foundation of the library they have been replenished up to the present.
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Reading Room
On the 2 nd floor, access through "Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu" Reading Room and "Titu Maiorescu" Reading Room
Monday - Friday: orele 8.30 - 15.00
During vacations, there is a special opening hours.
Instruments available for study : general and specialized encyclopedias (music, arts), printed catalogues for the collections of manuscripts, bibliophile books in the libraries in Iasi and in the country, editions of Romanian old books and manuscripts, other works. The access to the special collections is based on the CUL Entrance Card valid. The online catalogue can be consulted from the computers in the "Grigore Moisil" Reading Room and "Dimitrie Cantemir" Reading Room.
The special collections funds can be read only in the reading room.
The number of books borrowed in the reading room is maximum three.
In order to protect certain categories of documents, there are imposed a few conduct rules:
Special collections catalogues
Online catalogue www.bcu-iasi.ro