Lower Level

open book with hand-written pages

Diary of H. C. King, a Dickinson student 1854-1858.

Friends of the Library Reading Area

Named in honor of the Friends of the Library—an organization dedicated to supporting the library’s ongoing development—this reading area features several college publications, including the Microcosm yearbook and The Dickinsonian newspaper.

Archives & Special Collections

Part library and part museum, Archives & Special Collections houses Dickinson College documents and artifacts, rare books, photographs and various sources of information related to the college’s history. Highlights include the Norris book collection, Joseph Priestley’s scientific instruments and personal papers of numerous notable alumni. Students and staff members also curate rotating exhibits showcasing selections from these collections of historical materials.

Willoughby Digital Scholarship Lab

Faculty members and their students may work on digital projects in the Willoughby Digital Scholarship Lab.

Willoughby Digital Scholarship Lab

This room was created on behalf of the Digital Humanities Initiative for dedicated space where faculty members and their student interns may work on digital projects of various types. There is also a book scanner – a Zeutschel Zeta – that makes relatively quick work of any scanning project as well as lockers so that materials may be stored securely. For more information about how you and your student interns may make use of this space, please contact Don Sailer, Library Digital Projects Manager.

Study Room 15 Media Stand

The media stand located in the Jacobs Room contains a large TV monitor, computer and video camera. The station is both Skype and Google voice compatible. It can be used for presentations, academic collaboration, long-distance meetings and interviews.

Information Commons

Equipped with 32 computers with scanners, the Information Commons serves as a vital center for student and faculty technology use.


In addition to a vast collection of print journals, the library provides access to hundreds of online databases, which link to thousands of full-text journals.