Research Assistance


Current Operations

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

Research Help and Consultations

Ask a Question

  • For quick answers, see 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, Greta Browning at (828) 262-7702 or, or Veronica Wells at (828) 262-7440 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.

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

We ask that off-site researchers contact us to discuss their requests:

Citation Guidelines

For unpublished or rare materials, consult the SCRC's Citation Guidelines.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