Special Collections is composed of four major collections:
Collections are available on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 432. Many items in the Open Stacks may be checked out. Items in the Closed Collection can be used only in the Library and by appointment. For general information about our collections and how to use them, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Special Collections at Appalachian State University was formed in 2005 with the opening of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons. The formation of Special Collections united three major existing collections, the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Stock Car Racing Collection, University Archives and Records, and added the developing Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.
In keeping with the Library's mission, the core mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide public access to primary and secondary source material in the above collecting areas. In addition, the unit promotes use of and education about collections through exhibits, instruction, public programming, and the World Wide Web. The collections and the activities of Special Collections support the teaching, learning, research, and scholarship of the Appalachian State University community, as well as the local, regional, national, and international research communities.