New from ACRL - “Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library”

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/25/2023


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library,” edited by Brian Flota and Kate Morris.The book is a collection of best practices for the acquisition, preservation, storage, and cataloging of comics, particularly single-issue (or floppy) comics, within the special collections units of academic library collections.

Comic book properties continue to dominate popular culture, and there has been continued growth in the academic field of Comics Studies. Graphic novels and comic trade paperbacks populate the shelves of many academic libraries. Single issue collections of “floppy” comic books, however, tend to find their home in special collections libraries because their flimsy construction, highly acidic paper, and, occasionally, the scarcity of certain specific issues warrants special storage and handling. Thoughtful consideration must go into any decision to begin or sustain these collections.

In "Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library," four sections answer:

  • Why Should Your Institution Collect Comics?
  • Your Library Collects or Wants to Collect Comics. Now What?
  • How Do You Engage in Library Instruction and Outreach with Your Comics Collection?
  • How Can Comics Be Used as Primary and Secondary Source Material by Students and Faculty?

Chapters address challenges specific to comic book collections in academic libraries, such as finding space and funds to build a collection, making diverse and inclusive collections, leading innovative library instruction sessions with comics, and working with undergraduate and graduate students on comics research. "Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library" can help you develop, cultivate, grow, catalog, and make use of comic book collections.

“Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 8,500 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.