Materials in Archives and Special Collections may only be used in the reading room located in Andersen Library during business hours (link)
A research appointment is strongly recommended, preferably one full business day or more in advance of your visit. Some collections are stored offsite and need 3 business days to retrieve. Making an appointment helps ensure that materials are available when you arrive. In addition, staff may be able to help you focus your research topic or point you to relevant collections that you hadn't considered or may not know about.
To make an appointment, contact staff in the archives or special collections library that holds the item or collection that you want to use.
Not sure which archives or special collections library you should use? Search our online finding aids or find a library that relates to you topic on the Archives and Special Collections Web Pages.
What to do when you arrive for your first research appointment.
Your first stop is the information and registration desk in Room 219 where you will complete a registration form and be given instructions about the use of materials in the reading room.
Coats, bags and other personal items are not allowed in the Reading Room. Staff will explain also what items must be stored in a locker while you are in the reading room.
When you arrive in the reading room, you will sign in with the staff person at the desk. You will be assigned a table and given a badge to wear while you are in the building.