The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library is committed to the preservation and conservation of over 23,000 printed books and manuscripts that make up Special Collections. Newly renovated in 2015, the Special Collections room offers high-density shelving and increased temperature and security controls for storing the extensive 14,000 volume Rare Book Collection, as well as the North Carolina Collection, Chesterton -Belloc Collection, and other Special Collections. The newly renovated storage room is monitored daily by preservation staff to ensure the safety and long-term preservation of the collections.

These staff members are specialists in the fields of book and paper conservation, and, above all, uphold a dedication to preserving library collections through preventative care and minimal intervention in order to maintain an object’s historical integrity and to allow safe accessibility for readers. Conservators, interns, and assistants are invested in all areas related to the conservation of the Special Collections including safeguarding objects while in storage, in transit, and on display, and engage in research and ongoing professional development to best understand the needs of the collections.

All treatments performed by preservation staff comply with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library offers a Book Preservation Internship to one student per semester. To qualify for the internship, students must be in their junior or senior year, and in good academic standing. More information on the preservation internship and how to apply can be found here: Book Preservation Internship Follow the link to see our Library Preservation Policy.


Mrs. Alexandrea Pizza

Staff: Mrs. Alexandrea Pizza is the Director of Preservation and Curator of Rare Books for Special Collections at Belmont Abbey College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and completed her training as an apprentice to the Conservation Binders at The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. Alexandrea is an elected officer of the Executive Board of Directors for the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). See her blog  below to stay up to date on all the changes to the rare book collection.

The Special Collections Room


The high density shelving of the rare book room.

Detail of the Rare Book Collection

The high density shelving of the rare book room.

MS9, The Lord’s Prayer in Various Languages, Egyptian Hieroglyphics

The high density shelving of the rare book room.

MS6, Antiphonarium Missale, 1620

The high density shelving of the rare book room.

Detail from Vita Della Gran Madre Di Dio, Rome 1774

The high density shelving of the rare book room.

Vita Della Gran Madre Di Dio, with Illustrations by Niccolo Pussino,  Rome 1774

In the News… Abbot Vincent Taylor Library hosts special rare books exhibit Rare Books at Abbot Vincent Taylor Library in the 2013 edition of Crossroads: The Magazine of Belmont Abbey College.

The high density shelving of the rare book room.