Welcome to the Grosvenor Room!
The Grosvenor [pronounced Grove-ner] Room houses the Special Collections department at the Central Library of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL). Special Collections, which includes the Rare Book collection, holds nearly 500,000 titles including monographs, serials, scrapbooks, microforms, manuscripts, organizational archives, maps, phonograph discs, sheet music, scores, and orchestrations. Materials actively collected support subject areas in local history, genealogy, map materials, musical scores and music reference materials. The Rare Book Room of Special Collections holds titles and collections of local, national and international impact including Mark Twain’s original manuscript of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Shakespeare’s First Folio, the complete Audubon Birds of America elephant folio, the “Milestones of Science” Collection of 197 first editions of the world’s most significant scientific discoveries, an anti-slavery collection, and other manuscripts and archives. The majority of the Special Collections department holdings were obtained through the merger of the Grosvenor Research Library and the Buffalo Public Library in 1953, and generated through each library’s benefactors and own collecting which started in 1839.