University of Arizona

We welcome you to visit Special Collections. Appointments are limited and must be requested one week in advance. Get more details

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 within our Reading Room. 

Special Collections continues to be available by appointment to students, faculty, staff and the public. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Appointment requests must be made at least one week in advance.

Special Collections will continue to offer appointment-only research services until further notice.

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

What not to bring

Due to the uniqueness of the collections, 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 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 advance 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
  • A dedicated computer workstation for accessing born-digital and digitized AV materials is available in the Reading Room. There is a two hour time limit on use of the workstation if multiple patrons are in line to view content
  • Researchers may make their own copies using  the KIC self-service scanner in the reading room. There is no cost for this service. Ask Reading Room staff for more details.
  • As a courtesy, we request that all materials be returned to the desk and all scanning be completed 15 minutes before closing so that items may be returned safely.