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Lehigh University has three major facilities, the Linderman Library and the Fairchild-Martindale Library. The Lehigh University library collection comprises over one million volumes and subscriptions to more than 25,000 periodicals, most of them in electronic format. A third facility, the Library Materials Center, is located on the Moutaintop Campus.

The Fairchild-Martindale Library contains books, journals, newspapers, audiovisual resources, and microform collections in all branches of science, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences, including business and education. It provides collaborative learning spaces, wireless connectivity, and comfortable lounge areas. As a government depository, the Fairchild-Martindale Library holds more than 235,000 printed federal and Pennsylvania documents, as well as additional government publications on microform.

The historic Linderman Library, extensive renovated, is a laboratory and showcase for humanities programs and collections, as well as an intellectual center for the campus at large. The 1878 high Victorian rotunda and the 1929 grand reading room were retained in all their magnificence. Among the new features are: four seminar rooms, a computer classroom, a quiet study space, five group studies, a cafe, and wireless throughout. Linderman houses books and journals in the humanities and Lehigh’s impressive collection of rare books including Darwin’s Origin of Species and James John Audubon’s four volume elephant folio edition of Birds of America. Twelve digital library projects highlight various aspects of the collection, ranging from “Digital Bridges” (books on 19th century bridge construction) to “Beyond Steel” (materials examining the social and cultural impact of the Lehigh Valley’s industrial past).

Special Collections holds a rare book collection of over 40,000 volumes, with first editions of English and American literature from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Other strengths are in travel and exploration, natural history and ornithology, and works of historical significance in science and technology. The Lehigh University archives contains documents, photographs and publications of the University, papers of faculty members, and Lehigh memorabilia. Special Collections is also the repository for Lehigh theses and dissertations and over 15,000 photographic images.

 A third library facility, the Library Materials Center (LMC), a storage facility on the Mountaintop Campus, holds lesser used books and journal runs, as well as some Special Collections materials in all disciplines. Materials at the LMC are retrieved and made available at the Asa Packer campus libraries. Researchers can also be accommodated onsite.

The exponential growth and increasing sophistication of information technology offer new and exciting opportunities for enhanced teaching, learning, and research. At Lehigh University, one merged organization called Library and Technology Services (LTS) delivers communications, computing, distance education administration, enterprise systems implementation, library, and media services to capitalize on these new opportunities. Additional information about Library and Technology Services, can be found at

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