Special Collections Center
William J. Kanalley
Collection Development Librarian
(518) 783 - 2522
The Special Collections at Siena College Library consists of about 2300 volumes, which are stored in wire mesh shelving in the Fleet Archives and Special Collection Center, the Nigro Reading Room, and the Reed Reading Room. Eighteenth, nineteenth and rare twentieth century journals are shelved in special cases located in the Siena College Alumni Association Current Periodicals Area. There are nearly 750 volumes in the special journals collection.
The Franciscan Friars, friends of the college, and other libraries, donated most of the books in the Library’s special collection over the years. Other special collection titles were gleaned from the library’s regular book stacks.
Within this collection there are several subject concentrations including theology, British and Irish history, Classical literature and English literature. There are also many editions signed by the authors. Some of the volumes in the special collection have been restored by rare book specialists and conservators such as the Harcourt Bindery of Boston, the Bridgeport Bindery, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. However many of these works remain very fragile and must be handled with great care.
Books from this collection are used in academic research at Siena and in the local scholarly community. Titles from the special collection are periodically exhibited in the display cases in Friars’ Rotunda, The Taylor New Book area, and the Special Collections Reading Room.
Siena students and faculty may use the Special Collection by presenting their Siena I.D. Materials are available for use within Standish Library by other scholars with a letter of introduction or official identification, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., or by appointment. Please contact William Kanalley (Collection Development Librarian) or Gary Thompson (Library Director) for further assistance.
Remember to check CYRIL, the Siena Library catalog, for other resources.