Image of books in the library of the Richard Rawlinson Center.With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research began building its library in 1994, and the holdings of more than 5,000 books, offprints, microforms, video and audio, and data discs have grown over the years through both purchase and donation, including substantial gifts from the Estate of Edward B. Irving, Jr., and from Audrey Ekdahl Davidson, Clifford Davidson, Otto Gründler, Thomas Seiler and Paul E. Szarmach, as well as in memory of Larry Syndergaard. In practice, the library serves as:

  • A reference library focused on Anglo-Saxon studies and manuscript research.
  • A resource for instructors of MDVL 1450, Medieval Voices.
  • A support library for those pursuing the Master of Arts in medieval studies.

Image of a spyglassSearch the Richard Rawlinson Center library's holdings of books, offprints, microforms, video and audio and data discs.


The library, housed in the Rawlinson Center on the University's East Campus, is open to students and other researchers 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except when University offices are closed.