The Geneva Collection is a local history collection with books on the history of Geneva, Ontario County, and the Finger Lakes. The collection includes Geneva city directories. There are also some select works on the Rochester area, Genesee are, and a few items on larger New York topics.
Books from the personal library of John Milton Potter make up the Potter Historical Collection. The more than 200 books in this collection date from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries.
The Seneca Collection includes faculty publications, select alumni and alumnae publications, and books on the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. College publications and yearbooks are also included.
The Colleges' rare book collection, the Special Closed Collection (SCC), have its origins in a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, books purchased for Hobart College's library as well as items from the personal collections of Benjamin Hale and Warren Hunting Smith. The collection spans the fifteenth to late twentieth centuries, with items published in New York, New England, and the Middle Atlantic States, as well as England, France, and other European countries.