Special Collections - Library Services

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West Chester University

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West Chester, PA 19383
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Special Collections

Mission and Purpose:

Special Collections contains numerous diverse collections including the libraries’ collection of rare books; various 18th and 19th century horticultural and botanical works from the libraries of William Darlington and the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Sciences; the West Chester University Archives and several other archival and manuscript collections.

For more details visit the Special Collections and Archives Guide.

The primary mission of the Special Collections Department is to provide the best possible support for the educational mission of Francis Harvey Green Library and West Chester University by collecting and preserving historic materials; providing reliable, knowledgeable research services for the collections; and offering instructional services for use of the unique materials in the collections.

Hours and Visiting Special Collections:

Special Collections is available by appointment or by chance. To schedule an appointment please email libspeccol@wcupa.edu or call (610) 436-3456

Usage and Events Policy:

West Chester University students, faculty, and staff, as well as others interested in research using the West Chester University Special Collections are welcome to use the collections. Materials from Special Collections DO NOT CIRCULATE and most materials must be used in the Special Collections Room. There may be handling and/or photocopying restrictions for some items.

If you are interested in holding an event in the Special Collections reading room (FHG 615), you must contact Library Administration at (610) 436-2747 for approval and scheduling. Approximately 20 people will fit comfortably in the room - any additional seating must be requested through the facilities department. Multimedia equipment arrangements can be made through the IMC Help Desk at (610) 436-3395. Absolutely no refreshments may be served in the room.