The primary purpose of West Chester University Library Services Special Collections is to provide and preserve materials with significant historical and/or research value that support both University history and the teaching and learning needs of the University community. As a secondary purpose, Special Collections and Archives will provide resources to local and statewide communities and other outside researchers.
Special Collections builds and maintains a selective research collection of materials related to the history and development of Chester County (especially its residents and its institutions), important rare and historic materials, and houses and maintains West Chester University archival material. Special Collections continues to build (with both current and retrospective collecting) and make accessible a permanent collection of resources in all types, languages, formats, and media.
For more information on our collecting policy please see Library Services Collection Development Policy.
Special Collections hours
During the semester:
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesdays
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you make an appointment as meetings and other commitments may require the Special Collections staff leave the room. Use the form to the right to schedule an appointment.
Please use this form to set up an appointment with Special Collections staff. Please give us at least 24 hours to respond. If the request is urgent, please call 610-436-3456 or 610-436-2403. Please provide as much information as possible in your request. Thanks!