About the Collections

The NCSU Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for the North Carolina State University community and partners. The Libraries’ collections reflect the historic strengths of the University as well as its vision for the future. With extensive research holdings in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and agriculture, the NCSU Libraries is recognized as a national leader. In addition, the Libraries’ collections support research and teaching across the humanities and social sciences.


2014 Collections and Journals Review

In consultation with the University Library Committee and the Departmental Library Representatives, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for FY 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000 – about 7.5% of the 2013/2014 allocation. Projected budget reductions from the university, combined with expected inflation for journals and databases of $550,000 (at a 7% annual inflation rate), necessitate preparations for steep reductions to the collection.  Learn more about the journals and databases to be cancelled.


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Collections Consultation Services

Communicate with the collection manager in your subject area about your areas of special interest for research and teaching. The collection manager can keep an eye out for new materials that can be obtained to support your research area.

Suggest a Purchase: All members of the NCSU community are encouraged to suggest additions to the Libraries' collection. Requests will be evaluated by the appropriate collection manager, based on the NCSU Libraries' collection policy and availability of funds. Materials that support the research and teaching programs of the university are given first priority. Preference will be to acquire the e-book format where available.

Tripsaver: If you need a particular item that is not owned by NCSU Libraries, you can also request it through Tripsaver, and the Interlibrary Services will request the material from another library for your use.

Triangle Research Libraries Network

Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a consortium of the libraries of North Carolina State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. TRLN is renowned for its research collections and excellent services. The combined collection of more than 14 million volumes makes it the second largest academic research collection in the country. TRLN patrons benefit from joint licensing of databases and electronic journals and can access the combined collections via expedited document delivery or direct borrowing.

A TRLN overlap study found that cooperative collection development joined with selective subject strengths of each university has resulted in a very high percentage of unique titles in the combined collection.

Search TRLN Catalog: All TRLN collections are brought together in a single catalog. You can make a Tripsaver request for an item, or use your NCSU Faculty ID card to borrow materials directly from these libraries.


Collections and Digital Content

The NCSU Libraries is a leader in delivering digital content to its user community with significant investments in electronic journals, electronic books, digital media, and locally created digital collections and publications. Full-text online resources include over 69,000 journals and backfiles. We provide access to more than 550,000 e-books from providers such as Knovel, ebrary, EBL, EBSCO, Morgan & Claypool Synthesis, Springer, ScienceDirect, Wiley, and many others.


Featured Collections

North Carolina State University History and Scholarship
The University Archives serves as the administrative memory of NC State University, and its function is to preserve for the future the legal, administrative, and historical records of the University and make them available to all interested researchers. By preserving the University's documentary heritage, the Archives also makes it possible to study the contributions by members of the University community to the institution's growth. Beyond collecting the institutional records of NCSU, the University Archives and the Special Collections Research Center also collect materials on student life and organizations, major campus events, and major campus achievements.
NCSU University Archives Photograph Collection
old photograph The University Archives Photograph Collection offers a rich visual record of the history of North Carolina State University from its opening in 1889 to the present. With more than 275,000 photographic prints, negatives, slides, and postcards, it covers a wide range of subjects related to the growth and development of N.C. State University and its service to the North Carolina community.
NCSU Digital Repository
repository The NCSU Digital Repository serves to collect, preserve, and provide on-going access to scholarly materials created at NC State University including Electronic Theses and Dissertations and Technical Research Reports produced by university departments, centers, and institutes.

Plant Science Collections
Major features of this collection include working papers and artifacts contributed by many of the significant North Carolina State University researchers in the plant sciences. Collecting emphasis is placed on historical research strengths of the university such as plant and forest genetics and genomics, ecology, and physiology. Distinguished faculty who have contributed their working papers to date include researchers in forest genetics, such as Ron Sederoff and Bruce Zobel, Major Goodman, a corn breeder, Charles Stuber, a plant geneticist, and Mary Dell-Chilton, a highly honored pioneer in plant genetic transformation and an adjunct faculty member in the Genetics Department.  These Plant Science Collections provide an outstanding resource for scholars interested in studying the many significant contributions to this field by NCSU researchers.
B. W. Wells - Pioneer Ecologist
wells The story of pioneer ecologist and NC State professor B. W. Wells is told by the wealth of excellent photographs that Wells took to document his research. The NCSU Libraries and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have partnered to preserve, identify, digitize, and display these images.
Green 'N' Growing: The History of Home Demonstration and 4-H Youth Development in North Carolina
women with plants Drawing upon the rich historical records found in the University Archives, the collection provides valuable information about women, children, race relations, education, agriculture, and rural life in North Carolina during the twentieth century.
wood The InsideWood project integrates wood anatomical information from the literature and original observations into an internet-accessible database useful for research and teaching. InsideWood is the largest known database for modern dicot wood anatomy with over 5,500 records representing 8,000 species.

Entomological Archive
This internationally recognized research archive originated with Zeno P. Metcalf, professor of entomology and zoology at NC State from 1912 to 1950.  Subsequent contributions by NC State researchers such as David A. Young built upon Metcalf's work, resulting in a collection of some 1,150 rare books and 11,000 monographs, journals, and papers. Other important contributors to the archive include Clyde F. Smith, whose research on the insect family Aphididae yielded more than 1,400 papers, pamphlets, and books dating from 1758; and Maurice Hugh Farrier, who compiled a comprehensive collection of publications on mites. Significant external resources acquired for the archive include the Friedrich F. Tippmann Collection, comprising 975 monographic titles and periodicals, some of which are among the rarest entomological works in the world; and Papillons and Insectes, two rare portfolios of prints by Eug'ne Alain S'guy that were published in the 1920s.
Séguy's Insectes and Papillons
bugs Two extremely rare portfolios created by Eugene Alain (E. A.) Séguy. Produced using the pochoir technique, which entails hand coloring each plate through a large number of stencils. Portfolios consist of 23 pages each, including 16 plates and 4 pattern pages. Published 1920s.

Architectural Archive
North Carolina State University has a distinguished history in relation to design, architecture, and landscape architecture, particularly modernist architecture. The Architectural Archive serves as the primary collection of architectural materials in the State of North Carolina and as the focus of the NCSU Libraries' efforts to build a premier research collection that reflects the university's distinguished history in design and architecture.  Collectively these holdings contain thousands of drawings and photographs and are rich resources for the study of twentieth-century architecture.
The Built Heritage of North Carolina
builtheritage The Built Heritage of North Carolina provides access to documentation on hundreds of buildings and structures in North Carolina dating from the 1700s to the early 1900s. Buildings represented in this project include well-known examples of historic architecture, such as Baldhead Lighthouse, the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, and Blandwood in Greensboro.
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History of Computing and Simulation Archive
The history of computing and simulation archive are both premier collecting areas that include significant materials from the general collections along with significant unique and primary collections housed in the Special Collections Research Center. Built in support of strong university programs in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and related disciplines, the general computing and simulation collections encompass print and electronic books, significant print and online journal collections, and extensive collections of technical reports. Special Collections houses the papers of several NC State faculty members and of important scholars in the development of computer science, electrical engineering, and simulation, rare books, and seminal texts from the early and mid-twentieth century in each discipline.
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Geospatial (GIS) Data Collection
The NCSU Libraries Geospatial (GIS) Data Collection is comprised of datasets dating back to the 1990s. The most detailed and highest priority datasets have been acquired from North Carolina's state, county, and municipal governments, and contain information on hundreds of various landscape features, as well as orthorectified aerial imagery.  For more information, see http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/gis/.
Geospatial (GIS) Data Collection
GIS The NCSU Libraries provides assistance in locating, selecting, and using GIS data resources. The Libraries provides networked access to a wide variety of data resources and also makes available GIS software.

Center for Research Libraries
Through the NCSU Libraries' membership in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), NCSU students and scholars also have access to the Center's significant research collections. Information on CRL holdings may be obtained by searching CRL's online catalog or browsing CRL's topic guides.

The Library System

D.H. Hill Library in the heart of the university’s North Campus holds the vast majority of the Libraries’ collections. The Special Collections Research Center within D. H. Hill Library houses historical and unique materials for instruction and research. The SCRC’s collections reflect particular strengths in engineering and technology; architecture and design; the history of science; the textile industry in the southeastern United States; forestry; and the history of North Carolina State University. The Harrye B. Lyons Design Library supports the College of Design and has collection emphases in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and art and design. The Natural Resources Library houses collections in support of the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library located on NCSU’s Centennial Campus supports the curriculum and research programs in engineering, computer science, and textiles. The William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine holds collections in support of research and curriculum for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ways to Give

There are many ways of giving to the NCSU Libraries. Each method can reflect a donor's particular interests and each has distinct tax advantages. A charitable gift may be outright (providing immediate support to the library), it may be deferred, or it may be a bequest.