University of Arizona

Using the Collections

Using the Collections

Planning Your Visit

Everyone is welcome to use our collections during open hours. Due to their fragile nature, materials can only be viewed from within our Reading Room. Equipment is available for viewing or listening to any media from our collection.

Using Special Collections is free, and you do not need to make an appointment. If you need research help, though, we invite you to contact us prior to your visit. See research assistance.

We also encourage you to explore the appropriate collection guide to become familiar with any collection you want to access before your visit.

Using the Reading Room

What to bring

  • Your laptop; we have free Wi-Fi (wireless internet) and electrical outlets at every table
  • Current photo identification (e.g. driver's license, campus ID, passport)
  • Your digital camera, if needed for research purposes
  • 25 cents for storage lockers to place belongings such as coats, backpacks, briefcases, and handbags

What not to bring

Due to the uniqueness of the collection, we ask that that you don't bring:

  • Food or drink
  • Pens, though you may use our pencils and paper for taking notes
  • Scanners, tripods, or video equipment

Other things to know

  • Lockers are adjacent to the gallery outside of the Reading Room
  • Phones need to be silenced
  • Only pencils and paper supplied by Special Collections staff may be used in the Reading Room.
  • Materials should not be written upon, marked, or altered in any way
  • You need to fill out a permission form before taking any photographs
  • Requests to view unprocessed or off-site materials require advanced notice; contact us with your request at least 10 working days prior to your visit
  • Submit request slips to Reading Room staff and they will retrieve the materials for you; we do not allow visitors to retrieve materials on their own
  • Some extremely fragile or unprocessed items may have access restrictions; other items may be inaccessible per the donor’s request
  • One manuscript box or one folder of photograph files is permitted per table
  • All documents must remain in folders at all times; pull only one folder at a time from the manuscript box
  • Media equipment is available for viewing or listening to DVDs, CDs, VHS, beta, reel to reel, and vinyl