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The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections invites researchers to delve into history, engage in discovery, and contribute to scholarship. The majority of our holdings are unique, rare, or extremely fragile and can only be used in the Reading Room.

Reading Room Basics

The Reading Room is located on the 5th floor of Hale Library and open 10 am—5 pm, Monday through Friday. When you visit Special Collections, we ask that you follow some basic procedures:

  • Store your personal belongings (coats, bags, books, folders) in our coatroom.

  • Leave food and drink outside.

  • Use laptops, digital cameras, and pencils instead of pens.

Material cannot be checked out, but we can place them on hold for return visits. You are also welcome to scan material into .pdfs and .jpgs using our self-service scanner.

Please note that bags, purses, and other similar personal items are not permitted in the Special Collections Reading Room.  Space is provided for storage of bags.  However, this area is not secure storage for handguns.  Any individuals who carry a concealed handgun in their bags must make appropriate arrangements before entering the Reading Room.

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