The Gould Library collection supports the college's diverse programs of learning and teaching. Collection scope and depth reflect the curriculum of the college, directly supporting the teaching programs of each department, and enabling students to conduct comps research. Our collections include print materials as well as digital collections. As a small liberal arts library, we cannot own everything that is needed, but we have partnerships that allow us to expand access to resources through Interlibrary Loan as well as our membership in HathiTrust and the Center for Research Libraries.

Our Collections

Librarians are here to help you navigate our collections! Please get in touch with us, or meet with your librarian for research help.

  • Finding Specific Full Text Articles

      Looking for the full text of an article but there’s no direct link or FindIt Button? Here’s how!

      Most Comprehensive Option: Search Our Journals List

      1. Type the name of the journal, magazine, or newspaper that published the article into the Journals Tab on the library’s website.
        If the publication name does not come up, skip down to Interlibrary Loan.
      2. Click on the publication name to see what years we have access to.
        If our subscriptions do not include the year that you need, skip down to Interlibrary Loan.
      3. Select an option that has the year you’re looking for, and then navigate through until you come to either the Journal volume and issue numbers you’re looking for or the Magazine or Newspaper date you’re looking for.
      4. Once you’ve arrived at the correct issue of the publication, either “search within” the publication (online resources only) or page through the issue until you get to the start page of your article.

      Additional Option 1: Try typing the title into Catalyst

      Many articles are listed in Catalyst and will give you links to one or more of our online resources so that you can read or download the full text of the article. This is not a comprehensive list of available articles, however, so always check our Journals List before requesting an article through Interlibrary Loan.

      Additional Option 2: Google Scholar

      If you are on campus or have set your preferences so that Google Scholar knows you are affiliated with Carleton College, Google Scholar will display a “Carleton Full Text” link to the side of articles that we have access to through our subscriptions.

      Google Scholar Additional Results OptionIn addition, sometimes there are hidden full text options linked from below Google Scholar results. 

      Be aware that Google’s knowledge of our collections is not comprehensive, so always check our Journals List before requesting an article through Interlibrary Loan.

      Interlibrary Loan

      For any article that we don’t have available at Carleton, you can request that we get a copy for you through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Research Databases and Digital Collections

      Our Research Databases and Digital Collections page lists each of our scholarly search tools. Each one of these is specialized, either in content or in search capabilities, to function well for research and scholarship. Use these tools to find scholarly sources as well as collections of digitized primary sources, data and statistics, images, video, high quality encyclopedias, and more.

  • Books

      Search for books using Catalyst, and take advantage of the the Library of Congress Classification System to browse the shelves for related works. Our general book collection is located on floors 1, 2, and 3. Oversized (sometimes called “Folio”) books are grouped together on the shelves nearest the elevator on each floor. Books from St. Olaf can be requested through Catalyst and delivered to either the Gould Library or the Music Resource Center in Weitz.

      Check out our list of New Books from Carleton and St. Olaf.

      In addition to the main book collection, the library also has several specialized collections:

      • Reference Works
        • Encyclopedias and other reference works are shelved on the 4th floor of the library and are findable through Reference Universe and through Catalyst (use the “Collection” limiter to limit to “Carleton Reference”)..
        • Online reference works are available through our Databases list and through Catalyst (use the “Collection” limiter to limit to “Carleton Reference”).
      • Current Reading
        • Popular current works are shelved in the East Wing of the Library. Titles are searchable in Catalyst by adding the phrase "current reading (east wing)" to your search. You can browse our OverDrive eBooks collection for current and popular reading choices.
      • Faculty Publications
        • All the books written by Carleton faculty members are shelved in the Athenaeum and findable by searching Catalyst for the phrase “Carleton College faculty” (with quotation marks).
      • The Bob and Carolyn Nelson First Edition Collection
        • A non-circulating rare book collection, primarily featuring first editions of American and British authors from the 17th through 20th centuries. Highlights include Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, the King James Bible, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, and several works of the philosopher David Hume. For access to specific items in this collection, please contact Special Collections.
      • Bloch Western Americana Collection
        • This collection is the gift of Marie Halun Bloch, and consists of over 1,500 Western Americana titles. The majority of this collection is located in the compact shelving on the 3rd floor. You can search through these works using Catalyst by including the phrase "Bloch Collection" in your search.
        • The collection's rarest items are held in Special Collections.

      If you need a book that isn’t already part of our collection, you may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. If you think the book would make a good addition to our collection, please let us know.

  • Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

      Our journal, magazine, and newspaper collections are all searchable within Catalyst’s Journal Title list. Search there for a publication title, such as Shakespeare Quarterly, to see the year ranges of our local access. We have also gathered access to several of our most used newspapers on this Research Guide for Newspapers, including all local access to the New York Times, the Star Tribune, and others.

      Physical copies of our journals are shelved in the compact shelving on the 3rd floor. Several popular magazines and key newspapers are shelved in the Rookery. Back issues of several newspapers are shelved near the computer lab on the 3rd floor, behind the periodical shelving. And many of our physical back issues for Magazines and Newspapers are housed in the Microfilm collection on the 3rd floor.

      See the section above on "Full Text Articles" for more information on finding specific articles within these larger publications.

  • Data and Statistics

      We purchase and subscribe to several data and statistical resources that support the curriculum of the College. Here are some of the key ways to access these resources.

      • Data Research Guides
        Guides to finding and understanding the data available from multiple sources, specific to particular courses or disciplines.
      • Data Sets and Statistical Databases List
        A concise list of the online data and statistical resources provided by the library.
      • Data in the Catalyst Catalog
        View the data resources considered to be part of the collection in the context of the library catalog. This is the best way to find datasets available only on CD-Rom.

      For more information see Gould Library Research Data Services or contact data librarian Kristin Partlo.

  • Primary Sources

  • Government Documents

  • Special Collections and College Archives

      Gould Library Special Collections

      Books and other printed materials that are fragile, rare, valuable, of unusual format, or otherwise in need of special care and protection are housed in Special Collections. These materials include examples of various periods and styles of printing, binding, and book illustration.

      All Special Collections items are searchable in Catalyst. Please contact to make an appointment to see these materials.

      The Carleton College Archives

      Carleton College Archives gathers and preserves items and documentation pertaining to the history of Carleton College, its programs, policies, activities, and people. Several of its collections have been digitized and are available online. For research assistance or to make an appointment to visit the Carleton Archives, please contact

      Archival material is findable in the Archives Database, our Digital Archival Collections, and by talking to an archivist.

      Smaller Specialized Collections

      In addition to the official Gould Library Special Collections, there are several specialized collections in the library, such as our faculty publications, cook book collection, and current reading collection. These are detailed under the Books section above.

  • Carleton Digital Commons

      The Carleton Digital Commons (bepress) is Carleton's institutional repository, gathering the open access publishing and other collected research, scholarship, and creative expression of Carleton College faculty, staff, and students.

  • Movies and TV

  • Maps

      The Gould Library has several collections of maps available for research use. Of these, the most commonly used map collections are:

      • Online Map Collections
      • Atlases
        Primarily in the Reference Room at the atlas stand
      • USGS Maps
        In the map cases on the 2nd floor
      • Army Map Service maps from 1940-1970
        In the map cases on the 2nd floor

      Other map collections, including several gift map collections are stored in the map cases on the 2nd floor.

      If you are looking for maps, we recommend starting on our Research Guide for Maps or speaking with your librarian

  • Microfilm Collections

      Over 16,000 individual titles are housed in the Microform Collection in the center of the 3rd Level.For more information, see our Research Guide for Microfilm at Carleton.

      • Newspapers by Title
        • Long runs of major newspapers.
      • Periodicals by Title
        • Key historical magazines.
      • Adams Papers
        • Includes the complete diaries of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and other family members. A vast assortment of public as well as private papers are included, among which are some of the finest letters written by American women in the 18th and 19th centuries.
      • American Architectural Books
        • Nearly 1,000 printed resources for the study of American architectural history collected on microfilm.
      • American Culture Series (ACS)
        • A collection of nearly 5,000 early American books and pamphlets dating from 1493 to 1875 that provide the primary source material to the study of Americana. Broad subjects covered include history, science, philosophy, psychology, religion, art, and architecture.
      • Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950 (E185.96 .B674 1987)
        • These materials represent a landmark tool for researching lives of historic African Americans. The microfiche set includes 297 biographical dictionaries, handbooks, and yearbooks originally published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In all, they contain over 31,000 biographical entries.
      • Cinema Pressbooks from the Original Studio Collections (PN1995.9.P79 C55 2001)
        • A collection of publicity materials for 1700 films from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, 1919-1949. Covers films from Warner Bros., Monogram Pictures, and United Artists (including Eagle Lion Films). A Research Guide to the collection is available.
      • History of Cinema: Series 1: Hollywood and the Production Code (PN1993.5 U6 H57 2006)
        • Selected files (commonly referred to as "censorship files") on 500 films, ranging in date from 1927 to 1968, from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration collection. A Research Guide to the collection is available.
      • Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) - Also Available Online
        • This resource is a special collection of articles and essays on the cultures of the world on microfiche. Its unique organization by culture and by subject allows cross-cultural research.
      • Library of American Civilization (LAC)
        • This collection covers aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to the outbreak of World War I. Included are pamphlets, periodicals, documents (both public and private), biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, collections of various kinds, materials of foreign origin relating to America, and many rare books not generally available. This resource is contained on ultra-fiche, a special type of microform reproduction.
      • Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (Film Daily)
        • This collection includes the complete run of The Film Daily, a major film industry publication, and its predecessors (Wid's Film and Film Folk, Wid's Independent Review of Feature Films, and Wid's Daily) from 1915 to 1970. It also includes a complete run of The Film Daily Year Book from the same period. Unfortunately, no index to these publication currently exists. An online guide to the collection is available.
      • Patrologia Latina (Patrologiae cursus completus... BR60 .M5) - Also available Online
        • This source includes a thousand years of the most influential works of late ancient and early medieval theology, philosophy, history, and literature.
      • Source Materials in the Field of Theatre (PN1621 .S7)
        • This mirofilm resource is a compilation of rare primary and secondary sources of critical importance in the study of theater.

      Indexes and guides to these special microform collections are shelved in the microforms area on Level 3.