Archives and Rare Books Library

Archives and Rare Books Stacks

Beginning August 24 with the start of the Fall semester, ARB will be open to researchers by appointment only.

  • All researchers must make an appointment by contacting ARB staff by phone at 513-556-1959 or by email at All requests for ARB materials must be made at that time. 
  • All researchers must wear masks, practice appropriate social distancing, and abide by UC Libaries Health and Safety Protocols.
  • Blegen Library (where the Archives and Rare Books Library is located) is accessible to UC students, faculty, and staff via their Bearcat card.  Non-UC researchers should call ARB staff at 513-556-1959 upon their arrival to be let into the building. 
  • Only two researchers may be in ARB at one time, and appointments are restricted to no more than four hours at a time. 
  • All materials used by researchers will be placed in quarantine for six days, including books in the reference collection. 
  • The ARB seminar room, room 814, will not be available for fall semester, and we are unable to accommodate onsite class visits for this same time period.
  • ARB staff continue to handle reference and research questions for students, faculty, staff and UC administrative offices.  Please leave a message at 513-556-1959 or send an email to and we will return your message as soon as possible.

The Archives and Rare Books Library holds the University's Rare Books collection, University Archives, Local Government records, Urban Studies archive, and German-Americana collection.  The Archives and Rare Books Library is located on the 8th floor of Blegen Library on the University of Cincinnati's uptown campus.   


Welcome to spring semester. Check out service updates and library location hours.

Welcome back, Bearcats, to spring semester 2021! Check the Libraries website for any spring semester service updates and for operating hours by location. With limited exceptions, there remains no browsing of library materials in the stacks. The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service allows UC users to request printed library materials in the Library Catalog […]


  • Available by appointment 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Exceptions:
    • Wednesday, Dec. 9-Wednesday, Dec. 23: Facility Closed. Available for phone/internet/email research assistance, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
    • Winter Season Days, Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 3: Closed
  • For assistance and more information, contact (513) 556-1959, e-mail at, or on the web at
  • All UC Students will be required to display a ‘Green’ pass to security guards on the UC COVID Check App.  Faculty, staff, and visitors may also use the UC COVID Check App in order to secure a green pass or will be asked screening questions to gain entry to all locations.  
  • For more information on the UC COVID app, please visit

Contact and Address

Archives & Rare Books Library
8th Floor Blegen Library
P.O. Box 210113
2602 McMicken Circle 
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0113
Phone:  513-556-1959