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The Blough-Weis Library plays a major role in our curriculum. Its rich and varied collections reflect the strengths of our School of Arts and Sciences and our AACSB-accredited Sigmund Weis School of Business.

The library has an extensive collection of printed and electronic materials to support the curriculum, including:

  • Books and eBooks. More than 325,000 print and eBooks.  Subject strengths include Business and Management, Communications, Elizabethan Studies, Environmental Studies, Literature, Music, Film and Theatre, Pennsylvania German Culture, and Religious Studies. 
  • Journals and Newspapers. More than 65,000 full-text journals and serials, including national and international newspapers, are available through subscription databases, print and microforms. Scholarly, popular and trade journals in all disciplines support the curriculum.  
  • Videos. More than 6,000 videos are in the library's collection and more than 21,000 videos are available via Films on Demand.    
  • Music CDs. There are more than 3,600 music CDs in the library's collection covering classical, popular, folk and other genres.
  • Scores/Sheet Music. The library has a collection of more than 6,000 scores to support Susquehanna's strong music program.

The library has a collection of more than 6,000 scores to support Susquehanna's strong music program.

The Susquehanna University Archives serves as the official repository for the Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (1858-1895) and Susquehanna University, (1895-present).

The archives contains the rich textual and artifactual heritage of these institutions, as well as material from the Susquehanna Female College (1858-1874). Notable collections include minutes from the original Boards of Directors, faculty meeting minutes and 19th century gradebooks, as well as photographs, slides, films and audio recordings, and memorabilia. Personal papers include those of Roger Blough and Franklin Kury. The archives also has a modest collection of rare books from the 16th-18th centuries. The archives are open to the Susquehanna community and to scholars engaged in relevant research. Appointments are required. Please contact Archives Assistant Mary Sanders at 570-372-4327 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

The Blough-Weis Library owns three collections of electronic books: EBSCOhost, ebrary and Credo Reference. You can find our ebooks in our online catalog or through the vendor links below.

EBSCOhost 

Our EBSCOhost ebooks include two collections totaling more than 137,000 titles.

ebrary

The ebrary collection currently includes more than 120,000 titles.

Credo Reference

Nearly 400 reference ebooks are available in Credo Reference.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The reference library includes more than 12,000 online encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources.

The library has specialized resources for research in various disciplines, described below. Access to these collections may be arranged by contacting a librarian.

Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room Collection

This collection, housed in the elegantly appointed Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room on the second level, focuses on the life and works of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Tudor periods. The collection includes a number of first and limited editions as well as rare books from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Chaucer, Donne and Richard Hooker. The collection also contains manuscripts, musical scores, theater programs and hand-made, letter-press books of poetry.  Some of these books can be borrowed. 

Search for these items in the library's catalog and select the Location:  Apple Rare Books Room


Nancy Cairns Collection of French Language and Literature

This collection, established from the library of Nancy Cairns, former Professor of French, includes several hundred volumes of French literature. Several rare early editions of French political and literary works are contained in this collection, including works by Agrippa d'Aubigné, Étienne Pasquier, and Madeleine-Angélique de Gomez,  housed in the Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room.  

Search for these items in the library's catalog and select the Location:  Nancy Cairns


Russell Gilbert Pennsylvania German Collection

This collection offers rich resources in Pennsylvania German Language, Literature, and History. Based on a gift from former Professor of German Russell Gilbert, the collection continues to grow by the addition of donor gifts and other acquisitions. The collection is housed in the Pennsylvania Room that features a beautiful fan-window overlooking University Avenue. 

Search for these items in the library's catalog and select the Location:  Pensylvania Room