Adirondack Research Library

Collections & Exhibits at the ARL

Planning a visit?

See our Visit the ARL page for details, including reading room policies and links to make an appointment.

Visit the ARL

About the Collections

The Adirondack Research Library serves as a repository for research materials which support the educational mission of the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College and the College’s long standing connection with the Adirondacks. Learn more about the ARL collections.

Searching the Collections


Best for: books and general archival searches.

ARL collections are searchable in Primo, Union College’s discovery system. Primo will help discover books as well as individual collections.

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Collection Guides

Best for: in-depth archival searches.

Many archival materials are richly described using collection guides called archival finding aids. These are descriptive guides that help researchers navigate archival collections. Primo will search both books and finding aids, but a more nuanced search through the ArchivesSpace system will aid many researchers. Search ArchivesSpace.

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Digital Collections

The ARL contains numerous digitized collections. We support statewide library initiatives such as New York Heritage and contribute many collections there. We also contribute to Union’s ARCHES system, the Academic Repository for Cultural Heritage, Education, and Scholarship.