About the NWORBD

The Northwest Regional Book Depository is a warehouse-style building with 10,000 square feet of space (or 24.09 miles of shelving) that is capable of holding 1.8 million volumes. Items are arranged by size on shelving that reaches up to thirty feet in the air. The Depot is equipped with special low-intensity/high-pressure sodium lights and its own HVAC and dehumidifying system with particulate and gas filters. This is designed to maintain steady temperatures and humidity in the summer and winter with gradual changes during spring and autumn. There is also a multiplexed fire system, along with a security system, to ensure the safety of the collection.

Items in the Depository can be requested through BGSU, UT, or the OhioLINK catalog. Additionally, physical materials are lent around the world and scans of book chapters and journal articles are electronically provided via Interlibrary Loan. For special collections materials, contact the appropriate owning collection at BGSU or UT and their staff will arrange the materials’ delivery to campus for viewing in their reading room.

Noteworthy collections held at the NW Depository include:

Thomas L. Ashley and Delbert L. Latta Congressional Papers – collections of papers for Thomas Ludlow Ashley, a Democratic congressman who represented Ohio’s 9th district from 1955-1980, and Delbert Leroy Latta, a Republican congressman who represented Ohio’s 5th district from 1959-1989. Both collections consist of correspondence, subject and committee files, clippings, and press releases, including from the Vietnam War and Watergate. 
Procter & Gamble Soap Opera Scripts – consists of microfilmed copies of soap opera scripts, including Another World, Edge of Night, Guiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  

Cochrane Cunnigham Athletics Archive – contains years of BGSU athletic memorabilia, equipment, records, uniforms and other items donated by Mickey Cochrane, former soccer and lacrosse coach, and Don Cunningham, former golf coach and athletic administrator.

American Shipbuilding Company and Predecessors Records – primarily consists of naval architectural drawings produced by the American Shipbuilding Company and its predecessors between 1870 and 1981, as well as other corporate records. 

Donald D. Duhaime Lincoln-Civil War and 19th Century Collection – primarily focused on political, social, and cultural history of nineteenth century America containing materials pertaining to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and the nineteenth century from Duhaime, an avid collector.

More information about these collections can be found on the special collections webpages for BGSU and UT.

Updated: 10/23/2023 02:24PM