Alfred Collection

The Alfred Collection focuses on local history and local authors, as well as published genealogies and information on the Seventh Day Baptist denomination.

Access to this collection is by appointment only. Contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 607-871-2385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the Special Collections website for more information.

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AURA: Alfred University Research and Archives

The Alfred University Research and Archive repository collects, distributes and preserves research and scholarship created by faculty, staff, and students as well as documents of historical or archival significance.

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music cdsCompact Disc Collection

The Compact Disc Collection consists of music CDs. A wide variety of music genres are represented.

The Compact Disc collection is located in the BookEnd on the first floor.

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Confucius Institute Collection

The Confucius Institute Collection consists of materials on Chinese culture, literature and history. These items have been selected, and donated to the library, by the Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute Collection is located on the ground floor, near the periodicals.

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Confucius Institute DVD Collection

The Confucius Institute DVD Collection consists of scholarly or educational films about China. Recreational DVDs from the Confucius Institute are added to the regular Video/DVD Collection.

The Confucius Institute DVD Collection is located on the ground floor, near the periodicals.

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magazinesCurrent Newspapers and Popular Magazines

Current newspapers and popular magazines are located in BookEnd on the first floor.

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Electronic Book Collection

The Electronic Book Collection includes over 400,000 academic and general-interest books in electronic format.

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General Collection

The General Collection consists primarily of books that support the curricula of the College of Professional Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The collection is organized by Library of Congress call number.

The General Collection is located on the first and second floors of the library. Books with call numbers A-HQ are on the second floor south wing, books with call numbers HS-PN are on the second floor east wing, and books with call numbers PN-Z are on the first floor east wing.

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Howells/Frechette Collection

This extensive collection includes books, letters and memorabilia detailing the social, literary, artistic and political life of two prominent American and French Canadian families, the Howells and the Frechettes, during the 19th and early 20th century.

Access to this collection is by appointment only. Contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 607-871-2385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the Special Collections website for more information.

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Juvenile Collection

The Juvenile Collection consists of current and historic children's literature books.

The Juvenile Collection is located on the second floor in Room 212.

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McNaughton Collection

The McNaughton Collection consists of current popular fiction and nonfiction for recreational reading.

The McNaughton Collection is located on the first floor, in the area between the Learning Commons and the BookEnd.

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Microfilm/Microfiche Collection

The Microfilm/Microfiche Collection consists of historical periodicals, including historical newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

The Microfilm/Microfiche Collection is located on the ground floor, near the microfilm/microfiche machine.

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New Books Collection

The New Books Collection consists of books recently-acquired by the library. These books are shelved temporarily in the New Books Collection.

The New Books Collection is on the first floor, next to the elevator.

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Openhym Collections

The Openhym Collection, focusing on British literature and description, consists of more than 10,000 books, letters, photographs and personal papers donated by Evelyn Tennyson Openhym, a 1924 alumnae of Alfred University.

The collection is housed in two different areas: items of value or in need of special handling are housed in the Special Collections & Archives Department while much of the book collection has been integrated into the general circulating collection (labeled as Openhym General).

Access to items in Special Collections is by appointment only. Contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 607-871-2385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the Special Collections website for more information.

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Oversize Collection

The Oversize Collection consists of books that are part of the General Collection but which are shelved separately due to their size.

The Oversize Collection is located on the first floor, outside of the Computer Lab.

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journalsPeriodical Collection

The Periodical Collection consists of print serial publications such as journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Print periodicals are located on the ground floor. They are shelved alphabetically by title.

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Rare Books

The Rare Books Collection consists of old and valuable books published in the 16th to 20th Centuries. Most books are in the fields of literature, theology and history.

Access to this collection is by appointment only. Contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 607-871-2385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the Special Collections website for more information.

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Reference Collection

The Reference Collection consists of standard works such as encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, thesauri, almanacs, directories, and bibliographies. Reference books do not circulate.

The Reference Collection is located on the ground floor, near the periodicals.

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Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection consists of materials that a faculty member has asked the library to make available to students in a particular class.

Print reserve materials are available at the library's front desk.

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Special Collections

This book collection is an insightful record of the early settlers of western New York State. It showcases various categories of their readings and writings: early children’s books, early travel, folk medicine, suffrage, temperance, abolition and the Civil War.

Access to this collection is by appointment only. Contact Laurie McFadden, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 607-871-2385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the Special Collections website for more information.

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Videos/DVDs Collection

The Video/DVDs Collection consists of recreational and documentary movies in VHS and DVD format.

Cards describing recreational movies are located near the front desk, with cards VHS format movies on one side and DVDs format movies on the other. Take the card to the front desk to check out the movie.

Documentaries and educational movies are shelved by call number as part of the General Collection.

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Yearbook Collection

The Yearbook Collection consists of Alfred University yearbooks from 1904 to the present.

The Yearbook Collection is located on the first floor in the Learning Commons.