A Treasure Trove

Olin Library is Washington University’s main library, offering exceptional resources and research ­assistance. Nine school or departmental libraries also dot the Danforth Campus, and collections abound at the West Campus Library and the Bernard Becker Medical Library at the School of Medicine. (Joe Angeles)

The lure of hidden treasure has launched countless ­expeditions — maddening searches for lost cities, sunken ships and buried fortunes. Luckily, members of the Washington University community don’t have to dig deep to unearth the University Libraries’ prized bounty: historic collections, ­valuable artifacts and occasional curiosities. Though digital technology has allowed these objects to be shared more widely than ever, there’s a special kind of knowledge to be gained by actually holding them in hand. For those students and ­scholars on a quest to make new discoveries, it’s pure gold.

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