Research Help and Consultations

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  • Telephone: 828-262-4041
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  • 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. This service is open to all researchers, with priority attention given to ASU students and faculty. Please contact Dean Williams at 828-262-2552 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 Cratis Williams 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 828-262-2552 or or Greta Browning at 828-262-7702 or





Reproduction Services

Patrons may use an large-format, overhead scanner (KIC) and a 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 for the photocopier.  Use of the scanner is free.

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 us at 828-262-4041 or email at


Use 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.