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 (Open Stacks)

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

The Cratis Williams Reading Room contains 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.

Dougherty Reading Room (Closed Collection)

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

The Dougherty Reading Room is where researchers may use materials from the Closed Collection, which includes manuscripts (unpublished documents), university records, rare or unique books, printed materials, maps, oral histories, newspapers, scrapbooks, and photographs from the units of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 Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Dougherty Reading Room at 828-262-7974 or