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.
All requests must be made 48 hours prior to research appointments. In most cases 6 boxes of materials can be pulled per visit.
How to Request Materials:
Visit our Reading Room during open hours or schedule an appointment. We ask for 48 hours of notice so we may do any preparatory searching and retrieving in advance. Appointments are dependent on staff availability.
Hours and Appointments
Everyone is welcome to visit our Reading Room and view our materials!
Semester Room Hours
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday
|9:00am - 1:00pm
|12:00pm - 4:00pm
|Tuesday - Thursday
|10:00am - 2:00pm
|or by appointment
Make an Appointment
To set up a research appointment, please email email@example.com. Including the following information is appreciated:
- Name and preferred method of communication
- Topic of research
- Collection(s) of interest. If possible, include links to where you’ve identified the collection online.
- Preferred days and times for a visit
We ask for at least 48 hours 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 department maintains a Reading Room on the first floor of the library where patrons are welcome to visit during regular hours, or make an appointment in advance, to review materials housed in the archives. The following rules are established to ensure the safety and preservation of collections as well as the quality of the experience for patrons.
For appointments, material requests must be made 48 hours in advance.
In most cases 6 boxes of materials are pulled per visit.
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.
All personal items (backpacks, coats, purses, books, and other personal articles) should be kept near the patron’s seat and out of the path of others in the room. Storage space is available in the cubbies along the side of the room.
Noise should be kept to a minimum. Set cell phones and other sound devices to quiet mode. Phone calls should be taken outside of the Reading Room.
Before leaving, straighten all papers and folders inside boxes. Return all materials to staff.
Use care to preserve the order of the materials in a box. Mixing up papers and folders is detrimental to collections. Ask for “outcards” – paper slips used like bookmarks – from staff if needed.
Laptops, notebooks, and pencils are allowed at research tables. Pens are not allowed.
We provide the necessary technology for searching our digital catalogs, as well as scanning or otherwise digitizing materials. Please check with staff before scanning or photographing any items.
Cell phones with cameras, digital cameras, and scanners are permitted with staff approval.
All food and beverages are prohibited at the worktables and around collections. Closed containers may be stored inside of bags or in storage cubbies.
You can find information about parking on the University of Idaho Parking and Transportation Services Visitors Page.