The Fisher Fine Arts Library's rare books room, formally called the Perkins Rare Books Library, is a collection of monuments of architectural publishing. It is located on the main level of the Fine Arts Library and holds approximately three thousand rare books as well as drawings and historic maps. The foundation of the collection is the single great book of Vitruvius Pollio (ca. 90-20 B.C.E.) together with works by the five figures from the Renaissance period: Alberti, Scamozzi, Serlio, Vignola, and Palladio. The original collection was established in 1965 by G. Holmes Perkins who served as Dean of Penn's Graduate School of Fine Arts (as it was known then) from 1951 to 1971.
Location in Fisher, first floor
Perkins Library Consultation Hours
Patrons are welcome to request Perkins Rare Book Library materials via the Special Collections Research Account Monday through Friday. After receiving your request, a staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment. Please wait for confirmation before visiting the reading room.