From the back cover:
MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY is a small, seemingly typical New England college nestled in the bosom of conservative Arkham, Massachusetts. A poor cousin to such hallowed institutions as Harvard, Brown, and Princeton, Miskatonic nonetheless offers coveted degrees in a wide variety of subjects and boasts high academic standards.
A quiet institution of higher learning, Miskatonic serves as the home of many of H. P. Lovecraft's greatest protagonists, or as the staging ground for daring expeditions into the unknown.
As a symbol of reason, learning, and science, the school represents all that is good, true, and pure in modern civilization. Although Miskatonic is mentioned or figures prominently in most of the stories that form the backbone of the Call of Cthulhu game, the college itself remains as ill-defined as many of beasties lurking in the pages of Lovecraft's fiction. While monsters that never shamble into view are often scarier than the ones we can see, Miskatonic University and the professors who walk its halls of ivy and alabaster are part of our normal waking world, and can therefore stand up to the light of day.
Who at Miskatonic can investigators count on to believe their outlandish tales? Just what secrets are and aren't kept in the world famous Orne Library? What might your investigator bump into while finding out? Miskatonic University offers some answers, scrutinizing familiar ground with a scientist's vision and a librarian's obsession with detail.