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Finding Books

All of the books in Special Collections and the Rare Book Room can be found by searching the Library Catalog. If the catalog record for an item you want says:

  • Location: Special Collections -or-
  • Location: Rare Books

please write down the location (Special Collections or Rare Books), call number, and title of the item, or email yourself the catalog record. Bring this information with you when you visit Archives & Special Collections.

Special Collections and the Rare Book Room contain many books about the history of Pennsylvania and public education. To search the catalog for these materials, click on "Search Limits" in the lower right hand corner of the page. In the options listed next to "Location," scroll down. Select the location of your choice -- "Rare Book Room" or "Special Collections." Then, click "Set Search Limits" at the bottom of the page. This will return you to the catalog's search page. Type in your search terms and click "Search."

Special Collections also contains books about the history of our institution. To search the catalog for these materials, click on "Basic Search." Choose search by "Subject Heading Search." Enter in the search box Shippensburg State College or Shippensburg University. You will get a list of subject headings that you can click on to view books in our collection.

Special Collections materials and Rare Books can be only be used in Archives & Special Collections. Please contact us to make an appointment.

SU Authors Collection

The Shippensburg University Authors Collection includes books, chapters in books, and articles published by the members of the Shippensburg University community--faculty, students, staff, administration, coaches, and alumni. We would also like to include non-print materials such as videos created by members of the SU community as well as copies of campus periodicals. The collection is displayed in the reference area on the main floor of the library. The books and non-print materials can be borrowed and the articles can be photocopied. To find out if we have any books by a Shippensburg University author, search the library catalog for the author's name. 

If you have any books, chapters in books, videos, or compact discs you would like to see in the collection, please contact Christy Fic, 717-477-1516.

Manuscript & Oral History Collections

Special Collections houses several manuscript collections (personal papers of faculty and alumni) as well as oral history collections (projects conducted by SU undergraduates). Inventories for these collections are maintained on the Finding Aids page of this site.