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Using Special Collections and University Archives

This guide provides information on using materials from Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.

Preparing for your Visit

Contact special collections staff in advance for assistance. Access to some collections may be restricted or retrieval delayed because of physical condition or level of processing.


- Contact us if you are interested in a specific subject and a special collections librarian can help identify materials that may be of interest.

Register online for an Special Collections Research Account

- Make requests for materials through your research account prior to your arrival.

- Bring a laptop and digital camera, if you would like to take notes or photographs.

- Bring a valid university-issued or government-issued photo ID.

- Review:



- Sign in at the Welcome Desk and store appropriate items in the lockers provided.

- Follow reading room guidelines.

- Use a digital camera to take photographs (no flash) for your research or ask the librarian about how to submit duplication orders. 

- Ask the reference librarian if you need help finding materials or you have questions about our policies.