Answered By: Max Radl
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2024     Views: 0

Special Collections & Archives is a non-circulating collection of unique, rare, interesting and historical objects. The collections cover a wide range of topics, subjects and time periods and are open to the public for research and inspiration. 

The items in Special Collections & Archives can be made available to patrons in the Special Collections reading room on the third floor of the main library. Items in the collections are not "checked-out" in typical library fashion, but rather can be handled under supervision in the reading room. This is done to ensure the conservation of the items and to protect them against common wear and tear, in order that they be preserved indefinitely. 

Home to the world's largest collection of Chautaqua manuscripts and records, an internationally renowned archive of Dada historical objects, and Earth's most comprehensive collection of concrete and visual poetry (the Sackner Archive), Special Collections & Archives represents an astonishing wealth of materials, curated and maintained by expert Librarians and Archivists. 

The reading room is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM, open until 6PM on Tuesdays--stop by and experience it for yourself!