This guide provides information on how to:
Register for a Special Collections Account and submit your requests/orders directly from our discovery tools, including:
Need help submitting a request or order? Contact us.
All researchers consulting materials from Special Collections at UMD must register for a Special Collections Account.
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 to visit the reading room online.
Log in to your Special Collections Account and use the links in the menu to locate materials from the online catalog, archival finding aids, or digital collections.
Selecting one of these options will direct you to the discovery tool, where you can search our collections. Use the 'Request from Special Collections' links in the item record 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 are able to make additional requests once you have finished viewing your first 12 items.
To save additional requests in your account until you are ready to submit to reading room staff, select Keep for My Review when submitting the request.
The "Library" field identifies the reading room where the items are physically located.
Choose “Maryland Room” if you are requesting an item from Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library.
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!
If you have not already done so, schedule an appointment to visit the reading room.
If you placed a request to view materials from Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library, visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.
If you placed a request for materials from Special Collections in Performing Arts and the International Piano Archives at Maryland, visit the reading room in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.
If you submitted a duplication order, Special Collections staff will begin processing the order and reach out to you if more information is needed.
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” in the menu. The status of your request(s) will appear in “Status” column.