John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos Collection

The John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos Reading Room, located on the second floor of the Reinsch Library houses a collection of old and rare books donated by Dr. Peter Gomatos in honor of his parents, John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos. The Gomatos Room is open for quiet study, but access to the collection is by appointment only.

Collection strengths include:Gomatos rare books

  • 18th and 19th century English and American literature, primarily written by women authors
  • Religious and theological works
  • Early science
  • Travel literature
  • Social customs
  • Legends and folklore

Planning your visit

Everyone is welcome to use the Gomatos Collection but you will need to book an appointment in order to allow us time to retrieve the items you wish to view. Here is some guidance to help you prepare and make the most of your visit: 

  • Materials can be viewed Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
  •  Please search our catalog online in advance to aid your research.
  •  Then contact us with the date of your visit and the list of items you wish to view.  We will retrieve your requested items in advance and have them waiting on your arrival. We will require at least two working days notice.
  •  Some of the Gomatos Collections material is held offsite and these items take longer to retrieve, but you can request them in advance and you will be notified by email when this material is available to consult at the Gomatos Reading Room.

How to contact us

To schedule an appointment to use the Gomatos Collection, or for more information, please call Emma Day-Stirrat (703-284-3331) or Gwen Vredevoogd (703-526-6835).

How to find us

The Gomatos Reading Room is located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22207.

What will happen during my visit?

  • You will be asked to complete a registration form, for this you will need photo identification. The registration form will be kept on file for all future reference requests for a period of one year.
  • Personal belongings must be kept at the library circulation desk while viewing materials in the reading room.
  • You can take in and use laptops, cell phones, pencils and paper in the reading room.
  • Library staff reserve the right to inspect visitor’s belongings before leaving the library.

Looking at materials

The material in the Gomatos Collection is valuable and unique. We ask that you:
  • Handle the material with clean hands (no hand creams) and minimize handling where possible
  • Do not consume food or drink in the Reading Room (there are many refreshment areas on campus)
  • Use a pencil for note-taking as accidents with ink can cause permanent damage
  • Use the book supports and weights provided
  • Close books when you are not using them (acid-free bookmarks are available from staff)
  • Do not lean on books or manuscripts or rest objects on them (please ask for permission before tracing anything)
  • Do not mark, annotate or deface the materials
  • Tell us about any accidents or damage.

Reproduction, copyright and publishing

Materials reproduced for researchers from the Gomatos Collection are provided for private study, scholarship or research under the fair use provision of the law (17 U.S.C. § 107). Any use other than private study, scholarship or research may be subject to copyright restrictions.
We can produce private research copies if the type of copying does not damage the item and complies with copyright restrictions. Many of the collections recent printed books remains in copyright. Please allow up to one week to process your request.

Fees for reproduction are as follows:
  • $0.25/page; first 10 pages are free
  • High-Quality Scans (Flatbed up to 12"x17"); $5.00/scan 
  • $15.00/hour of staff time
*There is a 50 page limit for reproduction requests*

Publishing materials from the Gomatos Collection requires written permission from both copyright holders and Marymount University’s Dean of Library & Learning Services.  The acknowledgement that the materials are housed at Marymount University is as follows: John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos Reading Room Collection, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia.


Library and Learning Services

Location 1: Emerson G. Reinsch Library (Main Campus)
Location 2: Ballston Center

Phone: (703) 284-1649 (Main Campus)
 (703) 284-5949 (Ballston Center)

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