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Below are collections of particular interest available in the library or through the library's website. Please contact us with any questions about access to these items or circulation policies.

Archives & Special Collections

Special Collections

  • Arendt Collection: Representing Hannah Arendt's personal library, this site also offers digitized materials including numerous high quality examples of her marginalia. In order to access the Arendt Collections you are required to fill out the Special Collections Request Form.
  • Sussman: Thanks to the generosity of Alan Sussman, we are happy to announce our acquisition of the Sussman Rare Book Collection. In order to access the Sussman Collection you are required to fill out the Special Collections Request Form (above).
  • Bard Archives: The collections of the Bard College Archives are comprised of photographs, institutional records, student and college publications and subject files, as well as online exhibits of interest to the Bard community. The archives website provides access or finding aids to much of this material.
  • Hudson Valley Archive: a collection of books about the Hudson Valley and the people who live here. Books cover a broad range of topics including local history, art history, photography, ecology, soil science, and historic preservation.
  • Bardiana: Contains publications written, illustrated or designed by Bard faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alumni/ae past and present.

Digital Collections

  • BardCorps: A collaborative oral history project of the alumni/ae office and the Bard College Archives. We are recording the stories of Bardians to preserve memory, and to document and expand our collective understanding of Bard's history. Interviews can be accessed through digital commons.
  • Hudson River Valley Heritage: This collection is intended as a broad selection of materials from the College Archive that locates Bard within the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the Hudson Valley.
  • Student Newspaper Archive: Provides PDFs of student newspapers from Bard's past.
  • Blücher Archive: Includes lecture transcripts and audio of Heinrich Blücher.


  • Blithewood Garden: Structured Beauty - Located in the heart of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, Blithewood Garden was designed circa 1903 by Francis L. V. Hoppin (1867–1941) of the architectural firm Hoppin & Koen. It is a classic example of a walled Italianate garden. Blithewood Garden today remains breathtakingly beautiful, including its awe-inspiring backdrop of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River.
  • Before Bard: A Sense of Place - The students in Bard's Public History Practicum have developed this exhibit to help us all understand more about this place we call Bard.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: "We Make Our Own History" Student curated the exhibits that present Eleanor Roosevelt and her efforts to support arts, advocate for people and fight for feminism.
  • Bard in Black and White: Exhibition from the celebration of 150 years of Bard College illustrating the transformation of the campus and student body from its earliest days to the present.
  • Bard Makes Noise: All about Bard bands, musicians and more.
  • Historic Garden Tools: an exhibition of the antique garden implements used at Montgomery Place.
  • Mushroom Exhibit: The mushroom drawings of Violetta Delafield.


Consult the online catalog for a complete listing of compact discs (CDs), DVDs and videos by searching the subject headings "compact discs" "DVDs" and "videos". None of the audiovisual materials in these collections may be checked out of the building.

Compact discs, DVDs, videos, and cassettes are stored in the closed reserve stacks on the third floor of Stevenson. CDs may be checked out at the reserve desk for use in the library; headphones are also available at the desk. The video/DVD collection contains dance materials, a growing collection of contemporary poetry readings and interviews with poets, all of the BBC Shakespeare productions as well as documentaries and a few narrative works.

DVD and video viewing equipment should be requested at the Reserve Desk. A group listening room and the Nesuhi Ertegun Music Room are located on the third floor of Stevenson. To use these facilities, check out the keys and/or headphones at the reserve desk.

The library subscribes to two streaming music collections, Naxos Music Library and DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music). ARTstor provides online visual image collections - visit Bard's Visual Resources Center website for more information.

Audio-Visual Books


The Browsing Collection consists of recreational and popular reading, and is located on the first floor of Stevenson, under the windows of Room 102.

  • Materials are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
  • The loan period for items in the Browsing Collection is 4 weeks.

Suggested additions can be submitted by e-mail here: Collection Development Librarian.

Browsing Books

Digital Commons

Digital Commons provides a platform for publishing and distributing scholarly content generated by the Bard College community. The research and scholarly output included in our Digital Commons collections comes from a variety of departments and centers across campus. The Hyman P. Minsky Digital Archive represents an ongoing project by the Levy Economics Institute to digitize the papers and correspondence of Hyman P. Minsky. BardCorps is a project by the Bard Archives offering oral histories from alumni telling the story and history of Bard College (and St. Stephen’s). Digital Commons also houses our online collection of Senior Projects from the last four years (available primarily on-campus – although select titles have been made open access). We seek to use Digital Commons for partnering with scholars on campus to help in producing, disseminating and furthering our scholarly output.


ACLS Humanities E-Book
  • Size: 3,300+ ebook titles in the Humanities
  • Additions: 300 - 500 Titles Per Year
  • Subject Areas: History, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Art History, and Religion
  • Printing: 3 Formats: Page-Image, Text and PDF
  • Usage: Multiple Users + Unlimited course reserve and classroom use
  • Downloadable: No
  • Need Help? Humanities eBook Help or view a YouTube Tutorial
Cambridge University Press
  • Size: 480 Cambridge Companions, 303 Cambridge Histories
  • Additions: Yearly Additions as published
  • Companions Subject Areas:Literature & Classics, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Music
  • Histories Subject Areas: General, Regional, Economic Histories; History of the Book; History of Science; Language & Literature; Literary Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political & Social Theory; Religious Studies; Theatre & Performing Arts; Warfare
  • Usage: Multiple Users
  • Downloadable: PDF Format
EBook Library
  • Size: 300+ titles as of Summer 2012
  • Additions: Orders placed continually
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Usage: Single User or Multiple User options
  • Downloadable: Varies by title (determined by publisher)
  • Size: 300 titles
  • Additions: None
  • Subject Areas: All
  • Usage: Multiple Users
  • Downloadable: No
  • Need Help? My I-library Help.


With nearly 200,000 titles–the vast majority in digital holdings, our collection runs the gamut from news and commentary to cellular biology to film criticism.

Current periodicals and back issues (bound journals) are located in Hoffman on the fourth and second floors. Microfilm is kept on the first floor of Kellogg. For a complete list of our journal holdings click on the journals tab from our Library Home Page.

Journals on shelf

Levy Library

The Levy Institute Library houses a collection of nearly 13,000 books on economics, finance, and banking, with a heavy concentration in macroeconomics. These titles are cataloged in Felix, the online catalog of Bard's libraries. Members of the Bard community may borrow most books from the Levy collection. Levy books can be requested using the online form. Delivery time is two to three business days. Books requested from the Levy's library may be picked up at the Reserves Desk on the third floor of Stevenson. The borrowing period is four weeks. For further information about the Levy Library contact Bill Walker at [email protected] or (845) 758-7729.

Senior Projects

Viewed by the College as the capstone of the student's education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Senior Project is an original, individual, specialized project growing out of the student's cumulative academic experiences.

All Senior Projects in the library's collection are listed in the online catalog by author, title, keyword, and subject. The same method is used to find a Senior Project that is used to find a book in the catalog.

To locate projects written on a specific subject, click on “Library of Congress Subject” search and type in “Senior Project”. Since all our Senior Projects are tagged with that subject heading, you’ll get a list, in title order, of our 5000+ senior projects. Next, click on the “Limit this Search”, and, in the drop down box, choose “Words in the Subject”. Type in the subject area you’re interested in. This will yield a list of the senior projects in our collection in that subject area. Ask a reference librarian for help if you don’t find what you need, if the location given is “Project Archive” or if it’s not on the shelf.

The online catalog will give the location as "Bard Projects" and the call number (Call No.) as one of the following: Senior Projects, Microfilm, Project Archive, Environ Thesis (for master's theses in environmental studies), Microfiche, and MFA Thesis (for masters theses in fine arts). If the location given is Project Archive or Microfilm, consult a librarian about how to retrieve the Senior Project. Otherwise, Senior Projects are shelved alphabetically by author in the "mobile shelving" on the first floor of Hoffman.

In the past, not all Senior Projects were submitted to the library, but, instead, retained by the academic programs for which they were produced. If a Senior Project cannot be found in the library, the library staff will help contact the appropriate program.

Senior Projects

The James Collection

Books in the library's catalog that have a location of "The James Collection" are housed in the College's Center for Spiritual Life in the basement of Village Dorm A. The Center does not have regular open hours. Patrons who wish to see a book from that collection should contact Bruce Chilton, [email protected], to arrange a time to meet there. Books in the James Collection are read in that space.

Location of James Collection