Some of the services that are provided in Special Collections are:
Reference and Research Assistance
The Special Collections Library staff provide reference service in-person and via email, mail, fax and phone. Staff can assist with the library catalog and the collection finding aids, can help identify material of interest and can answer questions about holdings and services. While staff members do not provide research services, they can help find student assistants who are willing to do the research for a fee (to be negotiated between the patron and the student).
The Special Collections Library welcomes students and faculty from all academic disciplines to learn how our archival materials can be incorporated into their teaching, learning and research. Class instruction can range from a general introduction to the use of archival materials and primary sources to customized courses that meet the special needs of any undergraduate or graduate class. Scheduled tours also are offered to outside groups. A tour usually includes general information about the Special Collections Library’s collections, services and programs, a glimpse of some of the items in the collections and a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities.
Contact us to schedule a tour or instruction session.
The Special Collections Library allows the duplication of papers, photographs, slides, video, microfilm and audio in its collections, provided they are not subject to restrictions due to the condition/fragility of the item, copyright, and any donor stipulations. Photocopies and scans up to 11″ x 17″ are possible.
Patrons may photograph materials, including fragile materials and artifacts, under the supervision of Special Collections Library staff. Flash photography is not permitted.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation or tour, contact us.