Unique Collections

Alternative Press Collection

Our long-standing collection of print magazines out of the mainstream, many covering social and political topics such as labor, indigenous peoples, feminism, ecology, democracy, and anarchism.  The collection is housed together at the beginning of our current issues of magazines and journals, where you can find the most recent four issues of each title.  See the List of Alternative Press Titles.

Chemtronics Files

The Chemtronics, Inc. site includes a 20-acre industrial area off Old Bee Tree Rd. in Swannanoa just down the road from the WWC campus.  The site was affected by waste disposal practices associated with manufacturing operations, including explosives manufacturing, thought to have taken place on site from 1952 to 1971.

EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 (and the site was designated a Superfund site) because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from waste disposal practices.  Manufacturing activities at the site ended in 1994.  EPA, the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NCDENR), and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site.   Monitoring and remediation plans are ongoing.

The WWC Library is the official government repository for documents related to the Chemtronics site.  There is a file cabinet near the photocopier downstairs in the library that holds these documents. Ask a staff member if you need access to these files.

Additionally, many of these documents have been digitized and are available for checkout on CD at the Circulation Desk.   These discs cover the years 2006-current and are available for in-house use in the library.  The discs may be checked out by anyone (a WWC library card is not required).

Music Collection

We have a good and growing collection of over 1,000 audio CDs, comprising mainly of traditional music, including bluegrass, old time, and gospel titles. We even have recordings of bluegrass and old time music performed by musicians in Asia and Europe.  The collection is enhanced by a generous gift from Fred Bartenstein. Browse the collection located on the main floor, or search for specific albums by using OwlSearch or our local catalog.

Rotating Video Collection

This small collection of films rotates monthly and mostly consists of popular feature films requested by students.  Requests can be sent to the Electronic Resources Librarian.  See the List of Current Films.