Special Collections Research Center


Open by appointment for App State students, faculty, and staff. Circulating books from Special Collections can be requested online and checked out without an appointment. Learn how to make an appointment or check out a book. Virtual appointments are also available. Contact us at spcoll@appstate.edu for more information.


Non-affiliated Appalachian State University Researchers: For the Spring 2021 semester (January-May), the Special Collections Research Center in Belk Library & Information Commons is not physically accessible to non-affiliated researchers. We are still answering email and telephone requests, but responses may be delayed as App State community members will receive priority attention.  If you telephone us, please include your email address (if available) in your voice message.

What you can do:

1. For archives, manuscripts, rare books, or non-circulating material:  Write to us at spcoll@appstate.edu to begin a discussion of your research inquiry.  If desired, we can schedule a virtual consultation with you to further discuss your request and assist you in identifying materials for duplication.  We will try to provide digital copies of materials in lieu of in-person visits when possible.  The availability of digital reference copies is subject to copyright, the condition of the materials requested, and usage restrictions.  Receipt time of materials may be delayed as App State community members will receive priority attention.

2. Circulating materials:  Some materials from the circulating collection may be available through Interlibrary Loan.  You can initiate a request through your home library.

3. Not sure where to begin?  Contact us at spcoll@appstate.edu or 828.262.4041.

More Information

Check the Special Collections tab on the library hours calendar for operating hours during the semester. See Special Collections Operations during COVID-19 for more information on access and services during COVID.