Reading the Fine Print in Special Collections

In the latest issue of fyi: Faculty & Staff News at the University of Iowa, the Charlotte M. Smith Miniature Book Collection is featured in a photo spread.

A tiny collection of books held in Special Collections is dwarfed by the library’s other five million volumes. These 4,500 itsy-bitsy books are “miniatures.” From pocket-size to micro-miniature, most books in the collection were donated by one person, Charlotte M. Smith. The gift inspired others to add to the collection. Visitors may get an up-close look at the miniatures in Special Collections on the third floor of UI Main Library.

You can find more information about this unique book collection or Charlotte M. Smith, the woman who collected these miniatures in the UI Libraries’ Special Collections.