Movable Book Collection

The Rare Book Collections contain movable books and cards from the 15th century to the present, most notably in the Skip & Bob Smith Pop-Up Book Collection, Dr. Susan W. Schwartz Pop-Up Book Collection, and the Biedermeier Greeting Card Collection.

Though many think of pop-up books as mainly for children, books with moving parts have been around for centuries and encompass all genres. The collections include 16th-century spinning wheels known as volvelles, 19th-century medical books with flaps, Victorian tunnel books, and books by the famous paper engineer Lothar Meggendorfer.

ABC3D, a pop-up book exploring the alphabet by Marion Bataille in the Movable Books Collection.


Cassie Brand
Job Title
Curator of Rare Books
Phone Number
(314) 935-4950