Use of the Collections

The purpose of Special Collections is to provide controlled access and maximum protection for the University's archives and rare materials, thus preserving them and making them available for research, both now and in the future.

To be admitted to Special Collections, all patrons must provide satisfactory identification (e.g., current university or school ID or driver's license) and agree to abide by the posted rules and regulations.

Most materials in Special Collections are non-circulating. Materials are paged for patrons by Special Collections staff and used in the Special Collections reading room only. Staff will photocopy materials for patrons upon request (unless there are restrictions against copying).

For More Information, please see:

Guidelines for Use of Special Collections  |  Duplication Policy  |  Duplication Fees


Bibliographic Access

The majority of books, manuscripts, and archival materials in Special Collections are now cataloged online. Some of the larger collections, notably the Reinhardt, the Haggerty, and the Conole collections, are still in the process of being cataloged and not completely accessible online. Printed finding aids, which provide more detailed information than the online archival catalog records, are available for many of the archive and manuscript collections.


Location of the Collections

The following Special Collections materials are located in the Library Annex@Conklin and must be paged:


Please note that:

  • The 24-hour turn around time which applies to paging items from the circulating collections cannot be guaranteed for Special Collections. Patrons may have to wait several days for Special Collections items paged from the Annex.
  • These Special Collections materials do not circulate. Original of theses and dissertations must be used in Special Collections. Recordings must be listened to in the Special Collections Reading Room.


Last Updated: 3/14/18