Special Collections is committed to providing researchers unparalleled access to its collections of primary sources. We work with local, regional, national, and international scholars on a variety of research projects.
Special Collections is open to all interested researchers. Many materials can be located through the library catalog. Finding aids containing descriptions of manuscripts and University Archives collections are available. Access to subject-specific research guides and select digital collections is also provided. Staff members are available to assist in the research process.
Materials do not circulate and may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room during open hours. Manuscript collections and University Archives materials are stored off-site and require advance notice. Materials requested before 3.00pm will be available the following business day at 9.00am. Materials requested after 3.00pm will be available two business days later at 9.00am.
Reading Room Policies
- One form of photo ID must be presented upon registration.
- Researchers are allowed to bring laptops, notes, pencils (no ink), and paper into the reading room. All other items must be placed in the lockers provided.
- Phones must be turned off in the reading room.
- Eating and drinking are prohibited.
- Materials must remain in the reading room.
- Materials should be maintained in the order in which they are received by the researcher.
- Researchers are allowed to have only one box of materials on the table at a time. All other boxes must be stored on the carts provided.