Materials Library Report

In summer 2015, librarian Kai Alexis Smith explored the possibility of a Materials Library being built at the University of Notre Dame (ND). The interest for this came from faculty in the Art, Art History, and Design department. In this document many aspects of building such a collection and possible partners and departments on campus that might be interested are identified including ways to acquire materials, possible vendors, recommended readings, ways to organize such a collection, funding, and possible outreach opportunities. In addition, a survey was conducted on materials collections in the U.S. and England. The findings from the data were used to benchmark suggestions and recommendations.

The report is based on data from the survey and the IMLS-funded white paper, Materials Collection Creation and Administration: A New Role for Libraries. The PDF that includes the responses from the survey is in 4 parts. Names have been redacted for confidentiality.

Please access the report at


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