US Air Force Academy

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Authorized form of name

US Air Force Academy

Parallel form(s) of name

  • McDermott Library

Other form(s) of name


  • National

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Street address

HQ USAFA/DFLIB 2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 3A10




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United States

Postal code



+1 (719) 333-2590



Description area


The USAF Academy Library System consists of McDermott (Cadet "Academic") Library, the Base (Community Center) Library, departmental reference collections, and field libraries in staff agencies. The academy libraries provide reference, research, and reading collections on a collegiate and professional level to support the curricular and mission needs of the USAF Academy. They also provide professional and recreational reading materials for the USAF Academy community.

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The mission of the United States Air Force Academy McDermott "Academic" Library is to provide all library services required by the faculty, staff, cadets, and other authorized patrons of the USAF Academy; to requisition, organize, house and maintain all library materials; to create a reference and basic research collection in the fields of air power and aerospace history; and to establish and maintain a special collection of unique and rare items pertinent to the growth and development of the USAF Academy.



Monographic Items 485,724
Electronic Books (available from subscription databases: Ebsco E-books, PsycBooks, Oxford Scholarship Online, etc.) 510,813
Microfilm Reels (newspapers & magazines) 19,050
Manuscript collections (catalogued) 602

The Clark Special Collections Branch, room 6A52 (named for Lt. Gen. A. P. Clark), serves the traditional function of a college and university archives, operating as the repository for microfilm of historical documentation which reflects the origin and development of plans and programs at the Air Force Academy. The Manuscript Section of the Branch contains a significant body of personal papers proffered to the Academy by general officers and civilians who were instrumental in the development and implementation of air power or who were prominent in the establishment or promotion of the Academy. The Branch also houses the Academy Oral History Collections, the Stalag Luft 3 archives, photographs of the Wright brothers' experiments (brochure page 1, 2), the Falconry collection of books and periodicals, rare books and Academy related publications.
The Stalag Luft III web site brings together the efforts of many organizations and individuals with an interest in preserving the remarkable experiences of those who faced combat in the skies of Europe during World War II and who suffered incarceration in Germany's World War II prisoner of war camps. The materials in this site reside in the U.S. Air Force Academy Library's Special Collections and are on occasional display in the Academy's Cadet Library.
The Special Collections Branch is open 07:30-16:30 Monday through Friday.

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Opening times

Mon-Thu 07:00 - 22:30
Fri 07:00-17:00
Sat closed
Sun 14:00-22:30

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  • United States (Geographic subregion)

Primary contact

HQ USAFA/DFLIB 2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 3A10
US 80840-6214