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Special Collections Research Center under COVID-19: Home

A guide to resources and services available from the Special Collections Research Center while we are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Access to Collections and Status of Services

Access to Physical Collections and Reference Services 

Appalachian State University Community Members (students, faculty, and staff): You may sign up for an appointment to visit the Special Collections Research Center during the Spring 2021 semester. Visit this web page for information and to set up an appointment time: Virtual appointments are available. Please contact us at for more information.

Non-affiliated Appalachian State University ResearchersFor 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 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 or 828.262.4041.

Remotely Request Materials:  Circulating books from our collection may be requested by placing a hold through the Belk Library catalog system. Holds may be either requested for pick-up at the main desk on the first floor of Belk Library or delivered to a home address via postal service. Visit this link to learn how:  Some materials from the circulating collection may be available through Interlibrary Loan.


Access to Digital Collections:  See this page for links to digitized items from Special Collections and alternatives for accessing historical material online.


Instructional Services:  Faculty who would like their students to learn about materials from the Special Collections Research Center while teaching remotely should email Greta Browning at We will work with you to be creative about how to use our collections remotely!

This information is current as of 2/2/2021.

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Reference Archivist / Librarian

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Greta Browning

Office: Belk Library 433