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Special Collections Registration

Materials from Special Collections are only viewable in designated areas, under surveillance, during regular office hours (one hour after Mann Library opens until 4pm, Monday through Friday). To give our staff adequate notice to prepare for your visit, please submit your request at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival.

You must be authorized to be on campus and will be required to confirm that you are cleared by Daily Check to proceed to campus. A face mask must be worn at all times during your visit.

Each patron is required to show a photo ID to Library staff before using materials from Special Collections. The ID will be held by Library Staff until the item is returned.

You will also be asked to show a photo ID to Library staff before using materials; the ID will be held until the item is returned.

All materials must be handled with special care. Hands must be washed with soap and water (not hand sanitizer) and dried. Book supports are to be used with books. Brittle pages should be turned carefully to avoid tearing or breaking.

Staff will provide sanitized pencils and paper for use in the designated area; ink pens are not allowed. A laptop may be used; carrying cases, covers, etc. must stay outside the area. Book bags, briefcases, backpacks, purses, coats, umbrellas, etc., are to be left outside the reading area with Library Staff.

No eating or drinking allowed while using the materials.

Digital photographs (without flash) are allowed.

High resolution digital scans can be made by library staff in advance for a fee.

All copies provided are for research purposes only and may not be transferred or reproduced. Publication from holdings in Special Collections is contingent upon first obtaining the legally required permissions.

Contact Information

Visit Details

Hours of Availability
  • One hour after Mann Library opens until 4pm, Monday through Friday

Please refer to our hours page for the most up-to-date information.

Minimum 24 hr advance notice

Requested Items

Please use the catalog to find the requested information for your items

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