When classes are NOT in session:
Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
117 Bond Hall
To request an appointment to consult materials in the Ryan Rare Book Room please use the online form below. Please schedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. For all outside researchers, please contact Jennifer Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Viveca Robichaud (email@example.com).
The highlight of the Architecture Library is the Ryan Rare Book Room (RRBR), an extensive collection of early architectural publications including first editions of some of the most important treatises on architecture. It holds the largest known collection of titles from the Helen Park List, architecture books available in the U.S. prior to 1775, along with selections from the Henry Russell Hitchcock’s “American Architectural Books: A list of Books, Portfolios, and Pamphlets on Architecture and Related Subjects Published in America Before 1895.” Other collections housed in the RRBR include Roman Architecture & Vedute, French Architecture, American Pattern Books, British Pattern Books, Greek Architecture, and Rome Outside of Rome. Notable holdings include the first published architecture book, Alberti’s De Re Aedificatoria (1485), the first illustrated architecture book, the Fra Giocondo Vitruvius (1511), and the first full architectural treatise in English, Five bookes of architecture: translated out of Italian into Dutch and out of Dutch into English, by Sebastiano Serlio (1611).
The room is accessible by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Please visit the appointment page to request an appointment.
Exploring Architecture Through Early Publications showcases some of our volumes housed in the RRBR that have been digitized and are keyword searchable.
The Jim R. Ryan Rare Book Room
Dedicated on September 2, 2010
Jim R. Ryan, Notre Dame Class of '65
August 12, 1942 - May 28, 2009
The Architecture Library is pleased to provide access to these images from our collection of historic architectural treatises and other pivotal works, many housed in our Ryan Rare Book Room. There are over 1,500 images included in this database that are all keyword searchable.