The University Libraries collections contain about two million volumes. Hodges Library, dedicated in 1987, stands directly across the from the Department of English offices and provides study and research space for graduate students and faculty. New technologies and lending agreements make an even greater number of volumes available to library patrons. On-line databases such as Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections on Line, Electronic Text Center, and others open new opportunities for research and scholarship. The library maintains a page for English language and literature that organizes some of the most useful resources for faculty and students. The department also dedicates considerable funds to purchase requested materials that support ongoing research faculty and graduate student research.
Special Collections, housed in the Hoskins Library, contains rare books and manuscripts. Adjoining it is the Estes Kefauver Collection of the late senator’s papers. Among the collections of special interest English students are the Bruce Collection of Arthurian Materials, an extensive run of English periodicals, the John C. Hodges Congreve Collection, and a fine library of eighteenth-century criticism, fiction, and travel literature.
There also is a large and varied collection of Americana (notably of early American novels and the papers of Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Andrew Johnson), and microfilm and microcard series of early English and American publications.
Additional departmental funds are available to purchase library materials for research by faculty and graduate students. Nineteenth and twentieth-century manuscripts include those of Joseph Wood Krutch, a Tennessee alumnus, James Agee, a Knoxville native, and Alex Haley.