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Mission of Scholes Library

Scholes Library provides information services that support the mission of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University to advance knowledge in art, science, and engineering. The library also serves the broader research community as a specialized center for information on ceramics and glass. We are dedicated to the library as a physical and virtual space, offering environments conducive to study and collaborative work, and resources for effective information retrieval and scholarly communication.

History 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 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.




Library Address

Samuel Scholes Library
2 Pine St.
NYS College of Ceramics @ Alfred University
Alfred, NY 14802
Ph: 607-871-2494

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