special collections

Since the epic Battle of Winterfell episode in the latest season of Game of Thrones aired on HBO two weeks ago, the Cushing Library at Texas A & M University has seen its own horde lining up outside its walls: fans excited to see a particular dagger that plays a key part in the episode. (No spoilers here in case you're still catching up, so we'll leave it at that).

When Daniel Ryan was just a freshman at a Connecticut boarding school, his English teacher gave him a copy of A Christmas Carol as he headed home for the holidays. It was a gift that ignited not only an interest in Charles Dickens, but a desire to collect. Sixty-five years later, having assembled an extraordinary collection of Dickens' books, manuscripts, and original art, Ryan is paying it forward by donating it to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. The collection complements WPI's Robert D.

For the first time, one of England's most famous libraries offers a peek into its restricted "Phi" collection, i.e. books once labeled "obscene" or "improper" and kept from public view. The Story of Phi: Restricted Books, which opened today at the Bodleian's Weston Library, "explores changing ideas about sexuality and censorship," according to a press release issued by the library.