In many libraries, special collections is the name applied to materials housed in a separate unit with specialized security and user services. Though DCPL does not currently maintain a separate space for our special collection, we do house materials by and about DeKalb County and its citizens, DeKalb County governmental activities, and Georgia history and genealogy. You can learn more about some of DCPL’s special collection here.
Recently Mental Floss Magazine compiled a list of fifteen of the most interesting library special collections from around the country. Some of my favorites include The Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University and the DC Punk Archive, a work in progress under the auspices of the D.C. Public Library that will focus on the Washington D.C. punk rock scene from 1976 to the present day.
Check out the full list here.