Discover the Special Collections portal

Published on 26 Mar 2019

Like to find out about our hidden gems? Explore our treasures sharp and clear online. The portal informs you about our latest news and events concerning the Special Collections. 


Get involved

You can get involved as well. For example, support our adopt-a-book program, become a friend, help us to bring the Minervalia back to Maastricht, or stimulate the integration of research and education by using primary sources. In the inspiring room “the Parlour”, you can use traces that are left by real people who lived, thought and acted, while practicing writing, citing, referencing for Wikipedia from a neutral point of view.

If a digital book/ digitization/ online does not expect your imagination, you can also easily book a Special Collections tour for our secret space underneath the Maastricht University Library. This way, you can experience the feel and even the scent of a unique piece. Additionally, via the online gift shop you can keep and share your fond memories of the Special Collections.

Does this sound appealing to you? Then you are warmly welcome to visit our Special Collections portal and start your journey.


The wondrous world of Jesuits

The Jesuit Collection is Maastricht University’s most important special collection and the library wants to make it available for a wider audience, research, and education. The oldest book dates back to the beginning of the 15th Century. It includes about 250,000 volumes, mainly in the fields of theology, philosophy, history, literature, law and social sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics). In that sense, it is a broad classics collection, which provides jumping-off points for research and teaching activities of many Maastricht University faculties.

Within this collection you can find interesting subsets, e.g. a Nazi collection, a Prize volume collection, a collection from the Missiological Institute, a collection of 400 years book printing in Maastricht, an extensive range of travel books, and fairy tale books from the Golden Age of illustrators.

Last but not least, the Jesuit collection consists of one part of UM cultural heritage collection. You can find Limbourg artists and scientist works such as the Charles Eyck documentation collection, the Peter Debye collection, the Pierre Kemp Library and his letter and manuscript collection.

With over a quarter of a million volumes to choose from, you will always be discovering something new. See for yourself, go to the Special Collections portal and get inspired! 


Author: Carlijn Postma, Information specialist and preservation officer


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.


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Last updated: 26/03/19

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