Directions, Maps, and Parking

Special Collections is located in Room 432 on the 4th Floor of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons on the campus of Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. Special Collections is handicapped accessible.


How to Use the Collections

Open stacks and rare collections are open to the Appalachian State University community and the general public. For more information, please see Using the Collections.


Visiting Scholars

Scholars from out of town who are interested in using the Appalachian Collection or other Special Collections for an extended period of time should contact Dr. Fred J. Hay, Librarian for the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, for more information. 


Special Collections Reading Rooms

Cratis Williams Reading Room

Room 432, 4th Floor, Belk Library and Information Commons

The Cratis Williams Reading Room is where you can use publications, newspapers, clippings files, genealogical resources, videos, CDs, and maps for the Appalachian Collection and Stock Car Racing Collection. Many items may be checked out. Materials marked "For Library Use Only" do not circulate. For loan periods, please see Borrowing Materials and Loan Periods.

Researchers may also access and use materials from the Closed Collection, which includes manuscripts (unpublished documents), university records, rare or unique books, printed materials, maps, oral histories, newspapers, scrapbooks, and photographs from the units of Special Collections: W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Stock Car Racing Collection, and University Archives and Records.

Closed Collection material is non-circulating and may be used only in the Cratis Williams Reading Room. To schedule an appointment, please contact Special Collections at 828-262-4041 or

Dougherty Reading Room 

Room 442, 4th Floor, Belk Library and Information Commons

The Dougherty Reading Room is where researchers may use newspaper clippings files and maps related to the Appalachian Region.  The files and maps are located in this room.

Audiovisual Viewing and Listening Room

The Viewing and Listening Room, Room 443 in Special Collections, is available on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals or small groups who need to use Library-Use Only audio or video media from Special Collections. This room cannot be scheduled for classes or used for group study.