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Libraries and Collections

Our Collections

Thompson (Main) Library

Most of Vassar Library's extensive physical collections are housed in the Thompson Library and are accessible through the libraries' online catalog. We also subscribe to thousands of journals and other online materials.

Use the online catalog to search for materials, including reserve materials. Our Discover service provides access to catalog entries, databases, journal articles, and more.

Archives & Special Collections Library

The Catherine Pelton Durrell '25 Archives and Special Collections Library is the principal repository of the College's noteworthy collections of rare books, manuscripts, archival records of Vassar College, and other special materials.  It is located in the Main Library, on the ground floor of the Ingram Library addition (north end). 

Art & Music Libraries

The Art and Music Libraries' collections, while separated physically from the Thompson Library collections, are accessible through the libraries' online catalog. The Music Library is in Skinner Hall.  The Art Library collection is housed in Van Ingen, between the Thompson Library and Taylor Hall. The Visual Resources collection, available through the Luna database, is managed by the Art Library.

Digital Collections and Institutional Repository

The Libraries feature numerous digital collections, many of which are fully transcribed and searchable. They include the Student Diaries and Student Letters collections, the John Burroughs Journals, Images of Early Vassar, and our extensive Vassar College Digital Newspaper Archives (includes a wide range of newspapers published by Vassar College students from 1872-present). The site also includes such notable collections as Vassar's Albert Einstein Digital Collection, Elizabeth Cady Stanton papers, and Susan B. Anthony papers.

Visit Vassar's Digital Library for more information, additional collections, and searching (opens new window).
Vassar Scholarship (Institutional Repository)

Vassar Scholarship is Vassar College's institutional repository, reflecting the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, most notably a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies.

What can I find here?

The Libraries are filled with books -- and more! We have:

We also have:

  • Charging stations in a variety of locations at the Main and Music Libraries
  • Self-care kits and lights in the Main Library Reading Room
  • Book / image scanners in the north end of the Main Library