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Special Collections is the rare book facility for Walker Library. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to valuable, unique, and fragile materials.


Special Collections is the repository for rare and unique materials in the Walker Library. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to valuable, unique, and fragile items.

Special Collections is located on the 4th floor of the Walker Library and is open to the public. 



  • Monday - Friday   8:30am - 4:30pm or by special arrangement 
  • Closed: Saturday and Sunday 

For University intercessions and breaks we are open by appointment only. 

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to three working days prior to the day you want to visit

During events, workshops, or class instruction sessions, the Reading Room and the Exhibition Room will be temporarily closed to walk-in patrons. 

If traveling a distance, we recommend e-mailing in advance to ensure access to the collections for your intended day and time. 

Special Collections Faculty and Staff

Dr. Alan Boehm, Head of Special Collections 
615-904-8501  |

Specialties: History of the book, printing, and print culture; exhibit creation, principal collection curator. 

Ms. Susan Martin, Special Collections Librarian
615-898-2819 | 

Specialties: Archives, digital collection creation, exhibit creation, cataloging, curator of the Distilling, Fermenting, and Brewing; Philatelic; and Government Document collections.  

Ms. Susan Hanson, Library Specialist
615-904-8503 | 

Specialties: Book conservation and preservation, exhibit curation, preparation, and installation, book arts, cataloging, curator of the Artist and Dimensional Book Collection.


Selections from the Vault

Additional MTSU research centers

In addition to Special Collections, there are several campus research centers that are open for your exploration.

These centers are not affiliated with the library and have their own operating hours and policies. Visit their websites to learn specific information before visiting, 

Albert Gore Research Center. The Albert Gore Research Center is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University, and functions as an institution dedicated to the study of modern American politics, education, and Southern U.S. history, with an emphasis on the participation of people and organizations from Middle Tennessee.  It also houses the University archives. 

Center for Popular Music. The Center for Popular Music (CPM) is a research center devoted to the study and scholarship of popular music in America. The Center maintains an archive of research materials stretching from the early eighteenth century to the present and develops and sponsors programs in vernacular music.

Center for Historic Preservation. Established in 1984 as MTSU's first Center of Excellence, the Center for Historic Preservation works with communities to interpret and promote their historic assets through education, research, and preservation.