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Adirondack Research Library: Home

This guide serves as a starting point to introduce faculty, staff and students to resources held by the Adirondack Research Library located at the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College.


The purpose of Union College’s Kelly Adirondack Center and Adirondack Research Library is to engage the campus community and the wider public with the interdisciplinary study of the Adirondacks and the complex relationships between nature and society.



The library contains over 3000 books on the Adirondacks and environmental issues dating back to 1808, periodicals, government docs, archival materials including a complete copy of the Archives of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks from 1901, historical photographs and more.


Materials in the library have a strong focus on the 20th century conservation movement in the Adirondack Park. Originally they addressed such issues as interpretations of the "forever wild" clause, adequacy of regulations and laws protecting natural resources, dam construction, forest fire protection, use of motorized vehicles, development of recreational facilities, and the zoning of private and public lands.



The Adirondack Research Library

897 St. David’s Lane

Niskayuna, NY, 12309