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About Our Collections

Since the focus of the College is on teaching of undergraduate students, the curriculum is the primary criterion for determining the focus of the Library's collections.

Carleton College's Gould Library maintains an outstanding undergraduate library collection. Included in the collection are over 563,000 books, 937 active print journal subscriptions, over 39,000 electronic journals, and over 400,000 U.S. government publications, including maps. The library also maintains a collection of over 8,000 volumes in its Special Collections, and a growing digital collection with materials from the archives and teaching collections.

Access to the library's collections is provided through The Bridge, the Carleton and St. Olaf shared catalog.

  • Books

    Book collections of Carleton College's Gould Library.
  • Periodicals & Newspapers

    The Library subscribes to hundreds of print periodicals and newspapers.
  • Electronic Resources

    In addition to its print collections, the Library also provides full-text electronic access to periodical articles, newspapers, primary sources, and other collections.
  • Government Publications

    Federal government publications available in print and on microfiche.
  • Media Collection

    Gould Library has an extensive collection of DVDs and online videos.
  • Research Data

    Gould Library's collection of data and statistical resources available online, on CD-Rom, and in print.
  • Maps

    The Library houses world maps from the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency, U.S. Geological survey and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Microforms

    More than 16,000 individual titles are housed in the Microform Collection (film and fiche).
  • College Archives

    Records, papers, publications, photographs, and other relevant material from the history and development of Carleton College.
  • Special Collections

    Rare books and other special collections.
  • Carleton Digital Collections

    Digital collections of Carleton materials, including Zoobooks, the Carletonian, the Voice, teaching collections, and more.
  • Other Resources

    Additional campus resources outside the Gould Library.
  • Faculty Involvement

    All about faculty and department participation in the development of the library's collection.
  • Suggest an Item

    Make a suggestion of an item you think the Gould Library could (or should!) add to its collection