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Toppan Rare Books Library

American Heritage Center

The Toppan library is home to the University of Wyoming's rare books collection, consisting of over 50,000 items and is sponsored by the Clara Toppan endowment. The majority of the materials are printed books, although there are newspapers, magazines, broadsides, illuminated manuscripts, and other materials. Collecting subjects include the American West, British and American Literature, Exploration and Travel, Religion, Hunting and Fishing, historic children's books, and examples of the book arts.


Some books are currently available through an online catalog search, while other books are available through a traditional card catalog located in the Toppan Library.


Appointments are recommended for casual visitors but are required for any class or group visits, as well as individual researchers needing to see specific items. Please contact the Toppan Rare Book Curator Mary Beth Brown to make an appointment at 307-766-2565 or email

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American Heritage Center

Centennial Complex

2111 Willet Drive

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4114


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