Serving the intellectual communities of Fairfield University and beyond by sponsoring conferences, seminars, classes, symposia, digital initiatives, and exhibitions that foster the study and use of rare books, manuscripts, and other formats from ancient to modern times.

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You are invited to participate in the establishment, growth, and maintenance of the Center.

Staffing: The Center is currently in the planning phase for a fund-raising campaign to endow the position of Director/Curator of the Nicholas Breier Scheetz Center for the Study of Rare Books and Manuscripts.  This position will provide qualified and continuous leadership for the Center and its programs and exhibits.

Programs & Exhibits: Fairfield University has also established a fund for support of the activities of the Center conducted in support of is programs and exhibitions.

Construction:  The Fairfield University Libraries is currently preparing for a renovation and expansion of its existing DiMenna-Nyselius Library that will include space for the Nicholas Breier Scheetz Center for the Study of Rare Books and Manuscripts.  The Center will include a Reading Room, display galleries, staff offices and work space, and collection storage space.  A fund has also been created for those who wish to support this part of the Center’s naissance.

Collections: As the primary onsite resource, the Center uses the Special Collections of the Fairfield University Libraries to foster its mission.  If you would like to discuss a possible donation of rare books, manuscripts, or other formats to the Special Collections of the Fairfield University Libraries, please contact Dr. Brent Mai (203.254.4044; for information about our Acquisitions Policy.

Contributions in support of any of these components should be made out to the Scheetz Fund, and mailed to Fairfield University, 1073 Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, to the attention of Dr. Brent Mai, Dean of Libraries.  All donations to the collection, staffing, programs & exhibits, and construction are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.