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Collections Overview

The Lehigh University library collection comprises over 800,000 volumes and more than 100,000 electronic books.  Our journal subscriptions number more than 25,000 periodicals, the majority of which are in electronic format.
Linderman Library houses the humanities collections, including the history collection, and Special Collections. Fairchild-Martindale Library houses materials for science, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences, including business and education. A federal government depository since 1876, Fairchild-Martindale Library holds federal and Pennsylvania documents.  A third library facility, the Library Materials Center (LMC), is a storage facility located on the Mountaintop Campus, and holds lesser-used books and journal runs, as well as some Special Collections materials. Materials at the LMC are retrieved and made available at the Asa Packer campus libraries upon request. Researchers can also be accommodated onsite.
The collection can be searched through use of the ASA online library catalog. Online A to Z lists of electronic journals and databases are also readily accessible. The SFX Lehigh Links service connects databases and full-text content while also assisting users with options for document delivery.
Lehigh's Digital Library highlights 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). In addition, Special Collections holds over 30 separate archival collections that focus on industrial and regional history.
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