The special collections of the University Library also include many books published before 1850. These books are treated with extra care and cannot be borrowed, but can be viewed. Additional rules may apply to some rare or fragile books. More and more of these books can now be consulted digitally via sEURch.
The focus of these books is on economics. You will find many publications that are valuable as sources for economic historical research. Other focal points are legal science, ordinances, geographical descriptions and general handbooks and reference works. Many books relate to the city and the economy of Rotterdam.
Together with the special collections of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, the University Library has a rich wealth of early printed books that give a historical dimension to the disciplines of Erasmus University.