Special collections are managed by digital and technology staff overseeing the library's rare, fragile, archival, or other holdings needing special care. The goal is to make these materials accessible to researchers while preserving the items for posterity. The Robert W. Van Houten Library has archives and special collections in the following areas.
- Theses & Dissertations (ETD)
- Materials in Storage
- List of Journals in Storage (CAB 008)
- List of ASME and ANSI Standards (Circulation Desk)
- List of ANSI Standards Donated by Newark Public Library (CAB 008)