Tiny book found at University of Iowa library is huge discovery

Posted on: 8:35 pm, August 15, 2013, by


DES MOINES, IA — Among the University of Iowa Libraries’ special collection of some 4,000 miniature books, sits the smallest of the small.

“I think it’s just the indescribable appeal to really really tiny things,” said Patrick Olson, a Special Collections Librarian at the university.

The four millimeter book is so tiny it has to be picked up with tweezers, the print too minute to read with the naked eye.

“You bought it because it was the world’s tiniest book at the time, and that was the appeal,” Olson said.

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