ResearchAs the special collections department of Missouri’s land grant university, Special Collections is a resource for all of the people of the state. We are available to assist all people with their research needs and interests, whether in person, electronically, or by telephone. Since not all collections are fully cataloged, you are encouraged to ask us for information on materials in specific areas.

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Reader Registration

All researchers are welcome to use the collections, whether or not they are affiliated with the University of Missouri. However, all users must maintain a current Reader Registration Form on file.  This form can be completed on paper in the reading room, or online. Register to use Special Collections


Appointments are not required, but are encouraged during the academic year. Readers can arrange to view material from the Rare Book Collection or other special collections outside of the regular operating hours.  Students using Special Collections materials for class projects should schedule their research times in advance using this service. Schedule a Research Appointment

Images and Permissions

Special Collections and Digital Services staff provide access to the collections by scanning and digitizing rare materials. More about this service…