This guide will provide information on how to:
Request can be made with your Special Collections Account directly from our discovery tools, including the Online Catalog (Classic and Worldcat), Digital Collections, and the Archives Collections Database.
This account allows researchers to manage their research online. Once you register, you will be able to:
Before placing a request to view Special Collections & University Archives materials in the reading room, schedule an appointment online.
Log in to your Special Collections Account, then use the links in the left-hand side menu to locate and request materials from the online catalog, archival finding aids, digital collections or the Maryland Map collection.
Selecting one of these options will direct you to the catalog or database, where you can search for materials. Use the 'Request from Special Collections' links to initiate your request.
Contact us for assistance searching or requesting materials.
Yes, you can request to view up to 12 items at a time.
You will be able to make additional requests once you have finished viewing your first 12 items.
The "Library" field identifies the reading room where the items are physically located. You are able to request to view materials from the reading rooms in Hornbake Library and the Performing Arts Library.
Choose “Maryland Room” if you are requesting an item from Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library, which includes:
Choose "Special Collections in the Performing Arts" if you are requesting materials in the Performing Arts Library, including:
Get ready to visit the reading room!
You can track the status of your request in your Special Collections Account. As your request is being processed by our staff, you notice the status changes in your account.
Here are a few examples:
Log into your Special Collections Research Account and select “My Requests” on the left-hand side menu. You can review the status of your request(s) in “Status” column.
Contact us with any questions about your requests.