About the Archives and Rare Books Library

The Archives and Rare Books Library holds the University's Rare Books, University Archives, Local Government Records, Urban Studies Collections, and German-Americana collections. The Archives and Rare Books Library is located on the 8th floor of Blegen Library on the University of Cincinnati's uptown campus.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, ARB served more than 600 users via in-person appointments, phone, and email reference.  ARB serves the University of Cincinnati faculty, students, and staff along with researchers and members of the general public from around the world. ARB faculty and staff teach and co-teach with faculty from a variety of disciplines using the archival and rare book collections.

ARB's collections include:


  • Approximately 2,030 accessioned archival collections totaling at least 16,592 linear feet
  • 90 GB of born-digital material

Rare Books:

  • Approximately 56,886 cataloged rare books