Rare Books

Our modest rare book collection consists of first editions, small press, and various publications of interest to the history of book arts, printing, and illustration, primarily from the late 19th through the early 20th century.  

 Open book

The Saint John's Bible

A Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is a cornerstone of our collection. Acquired by the College in 2015, we continue to expand opportunities for study, contemplation, and exploration of the bible on campus and in the Long Island community.

We currently offer:

  • Weekly page turnings - see our event calendar for listings
  • A half-day workshop for high schools - available on request and held at Molloy
  • Options for faculty to integrate the bible into the curriculum
  • Public and community presentations 

If you would like to bring The Saint John's Bible to your class or community group contact  Brianna Paoli, Assistant Archivist, at BPaoli@molloy.edu .

Explore with Us!

illuminations presented online bi-weekly throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

October 20 - Nov. 2, 2020

October 6 - 12, 2020 Adam and Eve

painting of Adam and Eve

September 14-29, 2020  The Word Became Flesh

painting of christ

About The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible is a handwritten, hand-illuminated manuscript created using medieval techniques and materials by a team of 15 scribes and illuminators. World-renown calligrapher Donald Jackson led the team. The project commissioned by Saint John's Abbey and University (Minnesota) in 1998 took 13 years to complete.


Through the Heritage program, The Saint John's Bible is shared with communities around the world. 299 Heritage Edition fine art facsimiles of The Saint John's Bible were produced. Each set meticulously crafted at the same dimensions as the original; the illuminations embellished by hand. The 1,150 pages are bound by hand in seven volumes; each is unique in its own right.