University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library
In essence, the chapbook collection was begun only in 1981 with the acquisition of a small collection of twenty early Newcastle-upon-Tyne chapbooks that added to an earlier collection of Brash and Reid chapbooks which represented forty-two percent of the total titles. In the succeeding years, large numbers of separate and bound volumes of Scottish chapbooks have been acquired.
Although the greatest strength of the collection is the primary material of the chapbooks themselves, the library does have all the major and most of the minor reference material and collections of reprints that have been published.
Only English and Scots is represented in the primary source material, and although critical works in other languages would be acquired, none are held.
512 chapbooks; 31 critical works and collections of reprints.
All titles are catalogued and available via the OnLine Public Access Catalogue or the CDROM Catalogue. LC classification is used for all material.
The hours of opening for the library are: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Rare and archival collections are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. For further information visit: http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/resources/archives/.
Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare and archival materials. All of the chapbooks are housed in the Rare Book Collection except for reprints.
Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows.
Reference Assistance: Yes.
Publications Describing Collection
None at present.