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About Marshall Brooks Library at Principia College

Principia Archives & Special Collections at the Marshall Brooks Library

The Principia Archives

The Principia Archives maintains the historical institutional archives and some special collections: Maybeck and White Collection (Principia College's 1st Architect, Bernard R. Maybeck), Paul O. Williams Papers, Principia Photograph Collection, Principia Scrapbook Collection, and Principia Yearbook Collection (Sheaf and Blade); the majority have been digitized and are available online.

Federal Depository Program - Update 3/15/2020

In response to national, state, and regional developments in response to the Coronavirus, the college has temporarily closed to the general public and visitors until further notice. We are committed to serving the public through virtual reference during this time. If you have a question for a librarian, please email us at

Marshall Brooks Library is a federal depository of government information. There are approximately 1,200 Federal depository libraries throughout the United States and its territories, at least one in almost every Congressional District. The Marshall Brooks Library at Principia College serves the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. We provide free public access to a wide variety of federal government information resources in both print and electronic formats, and have expert staff available to assist users. We were designated a depository in 1957 and we currently select less than 7% of the documents published by the Government Printing Office each year. Please feel free to visit or contact us with questions about government documents. The paper documents, maps and CD-ROM are housed on the 3rd floor. The Library Home Page, available on all public terminals, links to several key resources on the Internet and also provides access to the GPO Monthly catalog - a database of government publications. Our staff can help you master these resources and locate the documents you need.

Rare Book and Manuscript Collection

The Rare Book and Manuscript Collection houses the library's rare book collection including incunabula, rare Bibles, books with fore-edge paintings, first editions, such as Paradise Lost, notes from Virginia Wolfe and Oscar Wilde, The Great River by Frederick Oakes Sylvester (Principia's 1sr Art Director) and other literary treasures. The collection also contains many items relating to the history and study of Christian Science. This collection is found in the Principia College Marshall Brooks Library catalog.

Campus Art Loan Program

In an effort to make the Principia Collections accessible to the community, the Marshall Brooks Library administers a Campus Art Loan Program.  Through this program, select works of art are available for loan on both campuses to eligible departments and offices and for exhibit in appropriate public spaces. To request items, please use the form below.