Plan Your Visit
The Special Collections Reading Room welcomes all researchers! Since archival materials are non-circulating, you’ll need to view our materials in our Reading Room, located on the first floor of the library. If you are unable to come to the Reading Room in person, please contact us to discuss options for digital reproductions of materials.
How to Request Materials:
Our materials and our Reading Room are available to everyone! There are two ways to visit us in-person:
Semester hours are Tuesday - Friday between 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Reading Room on the Library's first floor.
During the summer the Reading Room is open by appointment only.
Everyone is welcome to come in and view materials!
Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, fill out our Appointment Request Form.
We ask for at least two business days of notice so we may do any preparatory searching and retrieving in advance. We are open to appointments Monday-Friday 9am-4pm depending on staff availability.
Reading Room Rules
The Reading Room is reserved for the use of Special Collections and Archives materials. We ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting:
- All personal items (backpacks, coats, purses, books, and other personal articles) are not to be kept at the research tables. Storage space is available in the cubbies along the side of the room.
- Please be courteous and set cell phones and other sound devices to quiet mode.
- Please respect fellow researchers and be mindful of noise and space.
- Before leaving, straighten all papers and folders inside boxes. Return all materials to staff. As a security measure, the department reserves the right to inspect all research materials and personal articles.
- Please use outcards to preserve the existing order and arrangement of all unbound materials. Please use one box and one folder out at a time. Notify a staff member if material is found out of order.
- Laptops, notebooks, and pencils are allowed at research tables. Pens are not allowed.
- We provide two computers, two flatbed scanners, and digital camera stand for use by researchers (please check with staff before scanning or photographing any materials).
- Cell phones with cameras, digital cameras, and scanners are permitted with staff approval.
- All food and beverages are prohibited.
- Materials must be handled with extreme care to ensure their preservation. Turn pages carefully, make no marks on the materials, rest no books or other objects on the face or surface of items used. Restrictions may be set to protect fragile or damaged materials.
- We reserve the right to deny a reproduction request because of copyright regulations, privacy rights, donor-imposed regulations or other rights related issues.
- Permission to examine Special Collections holdings is granted for reference purposes only. This does not include permission to publish, exhibit, broadcast or electronically disseminate the materials consulted by the researcher. Permission for these uses must be obtained by separate agreement and possible payment of fees with the department of Special Collections and Archives. In giving permission to copy, quote from, or publish, Special Collections does not surrender its own right to publish such material or grant permission to others to do so.
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