Using the Collections

Using the Collections

General Research Information

  • If you need to consult a rare book, research archival material, or view artifacts, please contact us at least two weeks ahead of your visit so we have time to retrieve items for you.
  • We have four public PCs. FLC-affiliated computers. Patrons can print using their Skycards.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in research or exhibit areas.
  • Please plan to take notes on your computer or with a pencil only for the safety of our collections.

Academic Support

Center staff gladly support the Fort Lewis College community by providing:  

  • Resources and access to collections to bolster class curriculum
  • Guest-lectures in classes
  • Class visits to the rotating exhibit gallery and Delaney Library
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of collections storage
  • Research support to faculty and students on class or professional research projects
  • Academic internship opportunities
  • Workshops, lectures, events, and programs for/with departments
Would you like to see behind the scenes?

Orientation and tours of CSWS are available by appointment. Please send us your tour request at least one week in advance.


Delaney Library: Mon - Fri 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment
Museum Gallery: Mon - Fri 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment

Make an Appointment Now

The Center's main gallery will be closed through September 27 for maintenance and installation. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please visit our exhibits in Delaney Library!


Center of Southwest Studies
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive Durango, CO 81301

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Parking: During the Fall and Spring terms, you can purchase parking passes online. Parking is free after 3:30 p.m. and during the summer, May to August.


Phone Numbers

Main Office: 970-247-7456
Library Reference Desk: 970-382-6982
Archives: 970-247-7126
College Records: 970-382-6951
Museum: 970-247-7333

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