Special Collections

January 4, 2011 - 5:02pm
From Gutenberg to Malcolm X, history is literally at your fingertips on the Bird's sixth floor.

It’s an old joke that a library’s worth is measured by how much its collection weighs.

Syracuse University’s Bird Library houses about 3 million volumes, and its Special Collections Research Center includes more than 145,000 printed works and more than 2,000 manuscript and archival collections.

Impressive numbers. But they don’t prove the millions of volumes are being used.