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Using Special Collections and University Archives: Tips and helpful links

Discover and engage with unique and historic research materials


Tips for Special Collections users:

  • Use Stanford Libraries' catalog SearchWorks to page requested items at least two days ahead of time.
  • Wash hands before arriving. Remember that food and drink are not permitted.
  • All personal belongings, except pencils, cell phones, laptop computers, and loose-leaf paper should be placed in the reading room lockers before entering Special Collections.
  • Photography is allowed, and Reading Room staff will discuss the necessary procedures upon arrival.
  • Magnetic media must be digitized before use. Place a request at least 2 weeks in advance using SearchWorks.
  • No more than five items may be paged at one time [i.e., books, manuscript boxes, etc.].
  • Consult Guidelines for handling materials prior to your visit.