The Bayer Galleria of Rare Books was originally designed as a museum gallery, with paintings and sculptures around its perimeter. The walls of the room are now occupied with book cases holding Special Collections materials. In particular, the Galleria houses the Local History collection as well as many University publications such as the Alumni Bulletins, Epitome Yearbooks, Brown and White Newspapers, and more.

This room is used for Special Collections and library instruction, as a reading room for Special Collections researchers, and for consultation regarding the use of cultural heritage collections.