Research Help and Consultations

Ask a Question

  • For quick answers, try our FAQ page.
  • Open Stacks: 828-262-4041
  • Closed Collection (Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books): 828-262-7974
  • Email Questions:
  • Mailing address: Special Collections, Belk Library and Information Commons, P.O. Box 32026, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 28608-2026

Discuss Research Strategies

Special Collections staff can meet with you to discuss research strategies pertaining to a specific project. Four days advance notice is required for topics using items from the Closed Collection. Appointments can last up to 30 minutes. This service is open to all researchers, with priority attention given to ASU students and faculty. Please contact Dean Williams at 828-262-4041 or or Greta Browning at 828-262-7702 or


Using the Collections

Open Stacks

Many published materials relating to the Appalachian region and stock car racing are available for use in a browseable, open stack area inside Special Collections. 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.


Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books (Closed Collection)

Rare and fragile items that do not circulate are available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room within Special Collections. To learn about how to use these collections, please visit the Using Archives, Manuscripts, and Rare Books page.


Instruction Services

Sessions are available for undergraduate and graduate courses and can be tailored to meet the needs of the instructor. Please give at least 3 weeks advance notice to avoid scheduling conflicts and to allow us time to prepare. For more information, please contact Dean Williams at 828-262-4041 or or Greta Browning at 828-262-7702 or





Reproduction Services

Patrons may use the photocopier in Special Collections to duplicate materials from the Open Stacks. Patrons will need to have an App Express card or bring nickels, dimes, or quarters.

Patrons may request copies and scans of materials of rare and archival materials. To learn more about duplication policies for the closed collection, please visit the Duplication Policies page. For additional questions, please call the Dougherty Reading Room at 828-262-7974 or email at

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Use Audiovisual Viewing and Listening Room

The Viewing and Listening Room in the Cratis Williams Reading Room 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.