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Pursuant to St. Lawrence University's policy in response to the ongoing pandemic, Special Collections is closed to the public.  Materials from our collections that fall within our scanning guidelines can be scanned, and inquiries about having a digital version of a discrete item made should be directed to Special Collections and Archives Librarian Paul Doty (

Access to the Frank and Anne Piskor Reading Room is, for members of the SLU Community, still available by appointment.  To arrange for an appointment to see materials please contact either Mr. Doty or Paul Haggett (  

Special Collections is the home for the archives of St. Lawrence University, our Manuscript collections, and a Rare Book collection that bespeaks the intellectual history of St. Lawrence University.  We are a teaching archive.  We are a resource for how to appraise unique materials, and for seeing printing matter anew.  We are open to the public. 

Special Collections is the place in the general library where we keep any items that are scarce, fragile, or valuable. Any type of library material that meets the above criteria can be found in special collections, such as printed books, journals, newspapers, maps, atlases, photographs, reports, diaries, correspondence, etc.