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Special Collections

Welcome to Special Collections!

The Lehigh Libraries Special Collections is the home of the university’s archives, local history, manuscript and rare book collections, and is open to the Lehigh community and the public. The collections preserve and provide access to thousands of linear feet of archival materials and over 40,000 rare books.

But there’s more to Special Collections than just our collections! We answer hundreds of reference questions every year and offer class instruction and research assistance for Lehigh faculty and students. We are also open to scholars and community researchers. We host events, open houses, and exhibitions throughout the year. Please contact us today! 

Research Services

Discover material, make requests, and schedule a visit

Lehigh History

Information and resources on Lehigh's role in engineering, sciences, education, arts and humanities, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Digital Collections

Digitized material and scholarly digital projects. Read more about individual projects.


Lehigh Preserve

Friends of the Library

Transfers and Gifts

How to make transfers, gifts, and donations to Special Collections.

Social Media


Local history, Lehigh University collections, and photographs are generally available the day of your visit. We are located in Linderman Library 3rd Floor West Room 341. Our public hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Morning visits may be arranged by appointment.
Contact Information
General email:
Phone: 610-758-4506
Lois Fischer Black, Director of Library Special Collections
Phone: (610) 758-5185
Ilhan Citak, Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Phone: (610) 758-4506
Alex Japha, Digital Archives and Special Collections Librarian
Phone: (610) 758-5337
Eric Luhrs, Special Collections Digital Access Librarian
Phone: 610-758-3817
Eunice Rankin, Collections Assistant
Phone: (610) 758-4895
Mailing Address:
Special Collections
Lehigh University
Linderman Library
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015