Q. How do I use the collections at Fales?
Because we are a closed-stack library, you will not be able to browse for books or archives that you need and will need to use library catalogues to figure out what you want to see before you arrive.
For archival collections, there are several ways to find what you are looking for. You can do a subject search in Bobcat, and narrow down the results in “Resource Type” on the left sidebar by clicking on “Archival Materials”. A list of archival collections in which your search term appears should be listed.
You can also search our archives using our search tool which is located here. Enter search terms for a keyword search in the box at the upper right, or browse a limited list of People, Subjects, and Places on the left. These searches will ultimately bring you to a finding aid for a particular collection.
If you are interested in a particular person or institution, and Fales has a collection related to that person or institution, you can browse the collection finding aid by clicking on the title in the search tool or on our website.
Once you have figured out which boxes you would like to look at, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let the staff know what they are, and when you would like to come in. Staff is also available to help you find what you are looking for or lead you to other helpful resources.