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Research Services

How to Use the Collections

It is the policy of Special Collections and Archives to provide all patrons--University of Missouri faculty, staff, students or members of the general public--with professional, equitable, and courteous reference service. Materials in Special Collections and Archives are not browsable, and most cannot be checked out. In order to use materials, patrons must schedule a research appointment, and staff will retrieve materials from the closed stacks. Librarians can help patrons identify materials of interest.

Patrons may also need to show a photo identification card, which may be either an MU ID card or another official identification card such as a driver’s license. For more information on using the book collections, please see Reading Room Rules.