CSER has a six hundred-volume library on a wide range of subjects related to ethnicity, race, ethnic studies, and indigeneity. The Center also houses the 300-volume Karl Kroeber Collection.
Kindly donated by Professor Kroeber, the Karl Kroeber Collection includes a wide array of materials related to Native American and Indigenous Studies throughout the Americas. Among the collection's strengths are a significant number of literary texts written by Native authors and criticism about Native literature, particularly contemporary narratives and ancient tribal stories. In addition, the collection encompasses notable publications from the fields of history, anthropology, archeology, linguistics, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies, photography, music, law and policy, to name a few.
There are also a number of first editions in this collection, including novels by Louise Erdrich (The Bingo Palace, The Beet Queen, and Love Medicine), Gerald Vizenor, Janet Campbell Hale, Louis Owens, Darcy McNickle, Diane Glancy, and James Welch. The texts themselves date from 1913 to the present.