The DAR Library collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections of African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 40,000 family histories and genealogies comprise a major portion of the book collection, many of which are unique or available in only a few libraries in the country. The library is constantly growing this collection, sometimes adding as many as 100 items a month!
In order to allow library researchers and visitors to peruse our newest acquisitions, the library has created a “new book arrivals” shelf. Visitors will notice the book case across from the reference desk as they enter the library. The book case holds flyers and informative brochures that are free to take, as well as some reference resources they can use while researching in the library. The top shelf of the book case is now dedicated to showcasing some of the newest books that have been added to the library’s holdings. While all of the new books fit within our collection development policies, they cover a range of topics and genres. You might even find a copy of an author’s book that will be highlighted in the library’s Author Lecture Series.
The selected books remain on the shelf for about four weeks before being fully integrated into the collection and replaced by new ones. Visitors are welcome to take books from the shelf and use them at the library tables. Once finished, they should return the books to the ‘new book arrivals’ shelf for others to use. We are very excited to have a way of showing off our most recent additions to this ever-expanding research collection. Take a look at what’s on the shelf next time you’re in the library!