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Regular Collections

 Curriculum Library
The curriculum library is designed to support the college's teacher training curriculum. The collection's first priority is meeting the information needs of active student teachers. It contains print and non-print materials used for preparation of lessons in secondary school classes in the areas of English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, chemistry, and biology.  For more resources, see our Geisel Guides for Student Teaching.

DVD/Video Collection
Our large DVD/video collection includes feature films, e.g., Academy Award winners, as well as documentaries and foreign films.  Here is a list of videos in our collection, organized from newest to oldest.

General Collection
Materials in the General Collection are shelved according to Library of Congress call numbers. These materials are available to be checked out and are located on all three levels of the library. Refer to the floor plans for details on call number locations.

Government Documents
Many government publications are shelved in the government documents area on the Lower Level, while others are in the Reference or General Collections and some are online. For more information, see our Geisel Guide to Government Publications.

Krantz Music Collection
Named in memory of Professor Stephen Krantz, this collection of CDs supports the college's music curriculum and includes classical, rock, and rap artists. The collection is housed on the Lower Level of the library.  Here is a list of CDs in our collection, organized from newest to oldest.

Geisel Library's map collection includes CIA country maps and USGS topographic maps for NH, and is housed on the Lower Level of the library.  For more map resources, see our Geisel Guide to Maps.

The library has a large collection of materials on microfilm and microfiche, including past issues of newspapers and journals, U.S. Congressional Hearings, books, and primary source collections. These materials are kept on the Lower Level of the library. Reader/printers are available for these resources.  Here is a selected list of primary source materials available in microform.

The library keeps back issues of newspapers on the Lower Level of the library. Check the catalog record for retention periods. Additional newspaper titles are available online. For more resources, see our Geisel Guide to Newspapers.

Oversize Books
Books which are too large for standard shelving are located on the Lower Level of the library.

Geisel Library's periodicals are shelved alphabetically and located on the Lower Level; some issues are available in microform. The most current issues of selected titles are in the Reading Room on the Main Level. Additionally, numerous periodical titles are available online in full text. Consult the library catalog, the Journal Finder, or a reference librarian for further information and assistance.

Reference Collection
Reference materials such as subject encyclopedias and companions are a great starting point for research.  These materials can not be checked out.  Most are located on the Main Level, while older reference materials are housed on the Lower Level.  Many reference materials are now available online; for a list organized by subject, see our E-Reference Resources page.


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Special Collections

To search any of these special collections, use the Geisel Library catalog's Advanced Search and toggle the Location limiter drop-down box to the name of the collection of interest.  For rules and restrictions regarding use of the New England and Rare Book collections, see the Special Collections Usage Policy

ACA/Lambert Franco-American Collection
The ACA/Lambert Franco-American Collection was established to develop and promote interest in and study of Franco-American culture and history. Materials are available in both French and English. The collection is housed in the Lower Level of the library.

O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection
The O'Rourke Saint Anselm Collection is made up of primary and secondary materials documenting the life and works of Saint Anselm, Abbot of Bec and Archbishop of Canterbury.  It can be found in the Anselm Room on the Upper Level of the library.

New England Collection
This collection is comprised of over 1,500 town histories from towns across New England.  Nearly half of the histories were published prior to 1900.  The collection is housed in the Hanlon-Poisson Room on the Upper Level of the Library.

Rare Book Collection
This collection contains over 1,000 items, with a particular focus on theology and history.  It is located in the Creaghe Room on the Upper Level of the Library.

The Archives and Special Collections are closed for the summer. During this time, there will be no access to archival and rare book collections. We will reopen on August 29, 2016 in a newly renovated area on the upper level of the library.

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Other Saint Anselm College Collections

Abbey Library
Items in the Abbey Library may be available for in-library use upon request. Please see the Circulation staff for details.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Items in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) Research Center are cataloged in Geisel Library's online catalog; these materials are non-circulating.


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Collection Development

Collection development is the process of selecting appropriate materials to support the curriculum and research needs of our students and faculty.  Resources that are selected include books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, and online databases.

To submit a suggestion for library acquisition, please complete this online form.  If you are a faculty member, please send suggestions for library materials purchases to your liaison librarian.


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