About Scholes Library
History and Mission of Scholes Library
Named for a noted glass scientist and educator, the Samuel R. Scholes Library of Ceramics is a special library formally established in 1947 to support the curriculum and research programs of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Scholes Library today serves as an international resource for information on the art, science, technology, and history of ceramics and glass, and its collections of print and non-print material on photography, art history, contemporary art, electronic media, glass art, and sculpture are outstanding. Current holdings include 100,000 bound volumes, 60,000 government research reports, 160,000 slides, and a variety of other materials. The library faculty includes specialists in art and design, engineering and science, visual resources and information systems.
For additional information, the Reference Desk is staffed during most open hours and reference services are also available by telephone, fax, and e-mail. For more information, contact the Office of the Director at 607-871-2494.