For centuries one of the chief sources of inspiration for library architects has been the main reading room, such as the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford, which was used as the setting for Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter films:
While we may not quite yet be able to be able to compete with the atmosphere of an Oxford library originally completed in 1480, Regent does have a beautiful reading room sure to enhance your concentration and sense of scholarly purpose:
The Regent’s Special Collections Reading Room is now open for quiet study 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. Electronic devices may be used for long as they are set on silent. On your visit, be sure to take a look at some of the rare objects in the Reading Room display cases, such as the ancient Greek amphora, the oldest item in the Library:
What is Special Collections? (And why is it locked up?)
by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian
In 2013, Special Collections hosted the Living Word exhibition of ancient Biblical manuscripts.
The University Library’s Special Collections & Archives are a treasure trove of unique primary source materials and artifacts. Researchers have travelled from all over the United States and Great Britain to unlock the secrets of our vault.
Although the Library’s Special Collections is becoming an important destination for 20th Century Christian history research, the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey suggests that most students are unaware of Special Collections. Here are two of the comments we received:
- “I have not used this service.”
- “What is Special Collections? Isn’t that the area that’s always closed off and unavailable?”
Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian
Kindly donated by Henry “Bud” Fisher, a local Kempsville resident, the newest addition to the Regent University Library Special Collections & Archives is a 2,000-year-old Greek vase, or amphora. Mr. Fisher’s grandfather and great uncle discovered the amphora in a shipwreck as they were sponge diving off the coast of Greece in the early 1900s.
Mr. Fisher told archivist Don Gantz that the shipwreck was located off the island of Trikeri, down the peninsula from the city of Volos. The two brothers were diving after a storm, which may have been the reason the shipwreck was exposed. The amphora was in a rack on board ship, and it still had a cork and some residue vinegar wine in it. Other items discovered in the ship, including statues, were sold to the British Museum.
The donation is given in memory of Fisher’s grandparents, “beloved YaYa and PaPou Constantine.”