Research at Rauner

Dartmouth students, faculty, staff and outside researchers are all welcome to make use of Rauner Library's extensive holdings of rare books, manuscripts, and archival documents for their research.  Please come in person or send us an email describing the nature of your research project or question.  Our website provides links to selected manuscript finding aids and to the photographic records catalog. All of Rauner Library's books, and many of its manuscript collections, are also represented in the library catalog.  None of the tools accessible from our website provides complete coverage of our collections, however, so do not hesitate to contact us if you do not find what you are looking for.  We maintain tools and databases not available to the public and our reference staff is always willing to assist in your research.

If you live at a distance from Hanover and plan to visit the library, please see our information for visiting researchers.

Finding out if Rauner Special Collections Library has material on your topic

Search for book holdings in the library catalog with standard keyword, author, or title searches. You may likewise locate manuscript collections with keyword or author searches.  The catalog record for a manuscript collection often provides considerable detail about the collection's contents and may provide a link to an even more detailed finding aid. We strongly encourage anyone considering archival research at the library to contact us for assistance in locating relevant materials.

Limit to "Special Collections"

The basic keyword search screen, which is the default library catalog search screen, provides a drop down window permitting you to search only "Special Collections."   Narrowing your search to "Special Collections" will significantly limit your results and may allow you to locate rare or manuscript items more quickly.

Limit to "Manuscripts" or to "Rauner Special Collections Library"

From the basic search screen, select "Advanced Search Options (limit or sort)".  The "Location" box allows you to limit your search to Rauner Special Collections Library.  The "Manuscripts" box, at the very bottom of the page (scroll down to see it), allows you to limit your search to manuscript items.

If you plan to use materials from our collections, please see our Reading Room Guidelines and information on Requesting Photocopies and Digital Images.