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Collections: Main Collections


Main Collection

Floors 2, 3, and 4

More than 135,000 titles in support of the academic mission of the college, and the work of faculty, students, administrators, and staff.

A - HD - 4th Floor

HE - PQ - 3rd Floor

PR - Z - 2nd Floor

Oversized - 2nd Floor

Fales Collection

Floor 3, Fales Study Room, Room 315

Donated by DeCoursey Fales (1888–1966) to Manhattan College in the 1960’s. Our collection includes the complete works of many famous authors, as well as biographical, historical, and manuscript material, published from 1715 to 1966. Highlights include novels of Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie, plays of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, signed works by T.S. Eliot and Willa Cather, the first edition of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, and Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language, printed in 1756.

Non-Circulating Collections

Floor 2, Room 206

Dante Collection

Consists of more than 400 titles, including Dante’s complete works as well as works about his life and the times that he lived in. Many copies are in their original Italian, and contain magnificent full page illustrations. Books in the collection date back to 1802, with a major amount of the titles published in the 19th century. Highlights include Henry Boyd’s 1802 translation and printing of La Divina Commedia, Milton’s Paradise Lost, published in 1866, and an illustrated copy of Purgatory and Paradise, published in 1868.

Sir Thomas More Collection 

Consists of 150 titles and close to 200 volumes chronicling the life, works, and times of Thomas More and those closest to him. It includes the collection of More’s complete works as well as the works of other notable English saints and reformers, such as St. John Fisher and Erasmus. Some of the most notable works include an early 1878 limited edition of UtopiaThe History of King Richard The Third, published in 1821, and The Life of Sir Thomas More, published in 1822.

Migne Collection

Gifted to Manhattan College by his Eminence Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York from 1939-1967, this collection consists of Migne’s most celebrated work, Patrologia Cursus Completus (“Complete Course of the Teachings of the Church Fathers”). 

HGI Collection

Floor 5

A collection of materials that support the mission of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center.

Reference Collection

Floor 5

Reference materials - encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, directories, and more.

Film Collection

Floor 4

A growing collection of more than one thousand DVDs covering a variety of genres.

Patterson Collection

Floor 2, Room 207, Curriculum Collection Room

A collection of popular books by esteemed alumnus, James Patterson.

Curriculum Collection

Floor 2, Room 207

Contains reference books to serve educators of children and young adults, New York State curriculum guides, books containing activities and lesson plans for teachers, and fiction and nonfiction books for grade levels K through 12.

Dewey Books

Cardinal Hayes Pavilion

Books acquired prior to 1980 are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

001 - 338.3999 - Subfloor 2

338.4 - 615.9999 - 1st Floor

616 - 999 - Subfloor 1

Bound Journals

Cardinal Hayes Pavilion, Subfloor 3 and Floor 2

Print journals are shelved alphabetically in the Cardinal Hayes Pavilion. 

AIAA Journal - Modern Language Notes - Subfloor 3

Modern Language Quarterly - Yale French Studies - 2nd Floor