For Visiting Researchers
Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library is open to the public. We invite you to explore our collections.
Before you visit:
- Search our collections. Make sure to select the “Catalog” tab above the search box.
- Register to use our collections.
- Check library hours. Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
- Plan your accommodations.
- Plan your travel.
You will need:
- A valid, unexpired government issued photo ID such as a Driver’s License or a valid university or college ID.
- A light sweater or jacket. The reading room tends to be chilly.
- A laptop for taking notes. If you need pencil and paper, we provide these. The Health Sciences Library has wireless capability.
- A camera for photographing non-restricted materials.
During your visit:
- An appointment is required to view materials. Please contact Special Collections staff to make an appointment.
- You will be asked to place all personal belongings, including cases for laptops and cameras, in a secure locker.
- If you have not already done so, you will be asked to complete an online reader registration form and present a photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport).
- Check our Library News and Events blog for exhibits, lectures, symposia, and other special events that may coincide with your visit.
After your visit:
- You do not need the permission of the Health Sciences Library, as physical custodian of these special collections, to quote from, cite, or reproduce collection materials in your work.
- If your use of collection materials still under copyright protection requires permission of the copyright holder(s), you are solely responsible for obtaining that permission. Please review our Copyright and Sensitive or Confidential Information policies, which constitute part of our researcher agreement during the registration process.
- In all cases, when you use or cite collection materials from the Health Sciences Library in your work, please use appropriate citations that identify the material to a degree of specificity that would allow someone else to locate it. The Health Sciences Library staff will be happy to assist you with citation information.