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Research in Our Collections

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Research Guides | Bibliographies - detailed guides to parts of our collections


The Library's collections of books, periodicals, government publications, and microforms totals 1,905,669 items, including 50,705 reels of newspaper microfilm and 686,542 federal government publications.  

The Library's Archival Collections now total 79,391.7 cubic feet, or approximately 119 million items. The Archival Collection also includes 49,527 reels of microfilm, an estimated 68,000 maps, and 13,062 architectural plans and drawings. 

The Library's Special Collections includes 52,614 rare book titles, dating as far back as the 15th century and collected over the past 175 years; Fine Art including paintings and sculptures located largely in buildings in the Capitol Square area, such as the Library, State Capitol, Executive Mansion and Supreme Court; and more than 310,000 prints, photographs, postcards, posters, and ephemera in the Prints and Photographs Collection.