Welcome to McGill Library's Chapbook Collection

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library at McGill University contains over nine hundred British and American chapbooks published in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through a generous donation from the Harold Crabtree Foundation, digital facsimiles have been prepared and a virtual collection created.

The McGill Library’s Chapbook Collection is organized by subject categories which can be browsed. The entire work can be read in PDF format or online, using the page turning functionality of the Internet Archive.

"Street Print: A Brief History of English Chapbooks" provides background reading on chapbooks published in Great Britain. This collection of essays was prepared by the Interacting with Print Research Group.


Read the Chapbook project blog for updates about this website and information about new titles added.

For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library. Rarebooks.library@mcgill.ca