Location: 10th Floor Atkins Library
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Phone Number: (704) 687-1170
You can access unique research resources such as rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and photographs in the Dalton Reading Room, located on the 10th floor of Atkins Library. Please see the Special Collections website for our hours and further information.
A publication that would be difficult or impossible to replace if it were to be lost or damaged and that provides an important perspective on the past, whether in terms of the history of books/printing/readership or historical topics reflected in the content.
The rare book collection consists of approximately 12,900 books, broadsides, maps, and other printed materials covering a wide range of topics. Though a majority of the works were created between the 1800s and present day, there is also a significant amount of resources from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of these books also feature distinctive early printing, lithograph, and binding techniques.
Particular subject strengths include:
Digital Public Library of America- This digital library works to preserve and make digitally accessible various books, online exhibits, and photographs to create a digital public library accessible to the curious researcher.
Hathi Trust- Grown from a collaboration between academic and research institutions, the Hathi Trust was developed to make various studies and books virtually accessible to the public.