Research Assistance


Fall 2021 Operations

Check our current hours and service updates. The archives, manuscripts, and rare book collections are available by appointment.

Research Help and Consultations

Ask a Question

  • For quick answers, try our FAQ page.
  • Telephone: (828) 262-4041
  • Email:
  • Mailing address:  Special Collections Research Center, Belk Library and Information Commons, P.O. Box 32026, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 28608-2026

Discuss Research Strategies

We are happy to meet with you to discuss research strategies pertaining to your project. This service is available to all researchers.  Please contact Ross Cooper at (828) 262-2552 or or Greta Browning at (828) 262-7702 or


students_instruction.jpgTours and Class Instruction

We provide informational tours of the SCRC. These tours may include highlights of the Cratis Williams Reading Room, the Dougherty Reading Room, and Rhinehart Rare Book Room. Please contact Ross Cooper at 828-262-2552 or for more information. 

App State faculty and instructors can schedule class-period long or partial period sessions led by SCRC archivists and librarians related to the use of SCRC materials for specific assignments. Please give at least 2 weeks advance notice to avoid scheduling conflicts and to allow time to prepare. For more information, please contact Greta Browning at 828-262-7702 or

Circulation and InterLibrary Loan

Many browseable books, videos, and sound recordings may be checked out by patrons with valid App Cards or Community Borrower cards. Materials marked “For Library Use Only” do not circulate. Serials, microforms, newspaper clippings, and items in the rare books and manuscripts/archives collections also do not circulate. Circulating materials are available for Interlibrary Loan. For information about who may borrow materials, please check the Borrowing services page. Click here to learn how to obtain a Community Borrower's card.

Requests for Duplication of Rare, Manuscript & Archival Materials for Off-Site Researchers

Off-Site researchers must complete two forms, 1) the Application for Duplication of Materials from the Closed Collection and 2) the Researcher Registration form, to initiate a duplication request.  Return completed forms to Ross Cooper via email ( or mail to: Special Collections, Belk Library and Information Commons, Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32026, Boone, NC 28608-2026. Researchers are encouraged to contact us ( in advance to discuss their requests before submitting forms.


For unpublished or rare materials, consult the SCRC's Citation Guidelines.  For published sources, please consult the University Libraries' Citation Guidelines.