Planning Your Research Visit

Rare Books & Special Collections is located on the fourth floor of the Founders Memorial Library (room 403). The reading room is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon; 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact the Curator if you require assistance outside of normal business hours.

Our collection is open to all—faculty, staff, students, and the public. Researchers who wish to use departmental materials need not make an appointment unless they require in-depth reference assistance. Classes or groups need to schedule an appointment. Please contact the Curator to reserve a time or for general inquiries. Refer to the Reading Room Policies for details about using our collections.

Rare book and special collection material may be found in the library catalog. Archival material may be found in Archon.

Many of our dime novels have been digitized and are freely accessible. Researchers needing to consult originals of items that have digital surrogates must receive special permission from the Curator. Requests to view dime novels that have not been digitized must be received at least three business days in advance of your visit.

First-time researchers will need to complete a registration form. Call slips must be completed for each publication title or archival box requested. Researchers are allowed a maximum of 10 items at a time. Requests for materials are not accepted after 4:15 p.m.