Overview of Collections

2nd Floor

Curriculum Resource Center

The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related areas by maintaining a collection of high quality preschool through grade twelve materials reflecting innovation in teaching practices and standards-based instruction.

The collection includes: 

  • Award-winning books
  • Children’s and young adult literature 
  • Textbooks 
  • Education periodicals
  • Lesson planning resources 
  • Teaching aids 

3rd Floor

Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

The collections of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives encompass materials related to the study of music and sound. The two collections form a single unit that is located on the third floor of Jerome Library on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Beginning as a departmental collection for the music school with scores and recordings, the Music Library has matured to fulfill the needs of patrons performing and researching art music, world music and jazz. The Bill Schurk Sound Archives, established by William L. Schurk in 1967, is the country’s largest academic library of recorded popular music.

The collection includes:

  • Musical scores, including miniature scores
  • Electronic databases containing recordings, periodicals, and academic journals
  • Books on musical topics, including performer and composer biographies
  • Recordings of art music, jazz, world music and the spoken word, as well as all forms of popular music
  • Music periodicals
  • Record catalogs

4th Floor

Browne Popular Culture Library

The Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies is dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of primary research materials in the field of American Popular Culture from the 1870s to the present. Our goal is to collect, preserve and make available popular culture materials to researchers worldwide and to support the academic needs of Bowling Green State University. Our collections fall into four major categories: popular genre fiction, popular entertainment, advertising/consumer culture and fandom. We also have a large collection illustrating the history of popular culture studies.

The collection includes:

  • Comic books
  • Popular fiction including authors’ manuscripts
  • Periodicals including pulp magazines
  • DVDs of popular films and documentaries
  • Consumer items including toys and memorabilia
  • Television and movie scripts and promotional materials
  • And much more!

5th Floor

Center for Archival Collections

The primary mission of the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) is to actively acquire, preserve, and make accessible to researchers historical materials in five areas: Northwest Ohio, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, University Archives, Rare Books & Special Collections, and the National Student Affairs Archives. Emphasis is placed on local and BGSU history, Great Lakes maritime history, women's history, the Civil War, education, and all aspects of the social, cultural, economic, and industrial history of Northwest Ohio. 

The collection includes: 

  • Manuscripts 
  • Photographs
  • Maps 
  • Audio and visual materials
  • Publications