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Special Collections Open by Appointment Starting August 17


Beginning August 17, 2020, Special Collections will be open for research by appointment only to MU-affiliated faculty, staff, and students. Reservations are also required to use the microfilm machines in room 404. Appointments should only be made when a digital substitute is not sufficient.

By making an in-person appointment, users agree to follow the University’s safety expectations, including wearing masks, maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, and respecting markings for traffic flow. Users are also required to follow established reading room rules, including thorough handwashing before handling materials.

To make an appointment or request scans, see the Appointments page on the Special Collections website.


During the fall 2020 semester, Special Collections instruction will be primarily online. We’ve been working on brand-new digital activities and resources and are eager to support faculty and students through distance education. Contact a librarian about scheduling a class session.

More Information

For more information on using the Libraries this fall, see our reopening plans. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.