Answered By: Special Collections Reference Account
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020     Views: 12

Books and other materials in Special Collections are housed in closed stacks, which means that patrons cannot browse the way they can in the rest of Ellis Library. To use most print materials, please come to the Special Collections reading room (room 401). 

In most circumstances, books cannot be checked out. Special Collections books must not be taken out of the reading room, with only a few exceptions. However, books can be placed on hold in the reading room.

Some Closed Collection and Comic Art Collection books may be checked out subject to the discretion of Special Collections staff. To find out more, read our Book Use Policies.

Beginning August 17, 2020, Special Collections will be open for research by appointment only to MU-affiliated faculty, staff, and students. More about scheduling appointments

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.

When you arrive in the reading room, you will be asked to store your belongings on the shelves or in the secure lockers provided on site and to wash your hands in preparation for handling the materials. Staff members will check your photo ID and get you set up in their system. 

You can facilitate the retrieval process if you have have the call number of the item you are interested in seeing. You can use books and other materials in the Reading Room. Most Special Collections materials cannot be checked out. For more information on using Special Collections materials, check out our Book Use Policies.