Archives and Rare Books Library

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The Archives and Rare Books Library (ARB) acquires, processes, preserves, and provides access to the University's Rare Books collection, University Archives, Local Government records, Urban Studies collection, and German-Americana collection.  These primary source materials support the research and teaching mission of the University of Cincinnati, as well as those of the general public. 

  • The Archives and Rare Books Library is open to the general public and UC researchers by appointment Tuesday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • The Archives and Rare Books Library is located on the 8th floor of Blegen Library on the University of Cincinnati’s uptown west campus.
  • For assistance booking an appointment and more information, contact the library at or 513-556-1959.
  • All researchers must wear masks practice appropriate social distancing, and abide by UC Libraries’ Health and Safety Protocols.
  • Currently only two researchers may be in ARB at one time, and appointments are restricted to no more than four hours at a time.

The Archives and Rare Books Library is committed to providing the best possible service to all its patrons. The library prefers to receive inquiries via email to as this ensures that we have important information, such as the correct spelling of last names and how best to contact you.  We can also be reached at 513-556-1959

We respond to questions in the order in which they are received. Our average response time is currently 5 business days.  We appreciate your patience.

Note, complex research questions that require extensive staff resources cannot be accommodated currently. However, the reading room is open for you to conduct your own research.  Additionally, if you are unable to visit us yourself, we may be able to provide you with a short list of independent researchers for your consideration.

  • The Archives and Rare Book Reading room is by appointment only.  When making an appointment via, please complete the on-line registration form that will be sent with your appointment confirmation.
  • Once you arrive, please check in at the front desk by providing a picture ID.  This ID will be held at the desk and returned at the end of your appointment.
  • Place all personal belongings in the lockers provided. No bags, purses, briefcases or laptop cases are allowed in the reading room at any time.
  • Paper, pencils, and laptops are allowed in the reading room. Pens are not permitted.
  • Staff may provide handling recommendations and requests for example, gloves are required when working with photographic collections and are provided.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted.
  • Cell phones should be placed on silent or vibrate.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted.


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Fall 2021 Hours

  • Available by appointment Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm
  • For assistance booking an appointment and more information, contact (513) 556-1959 or e-mail at


  • Closed November 11 for Veterans Day
  • Closed November 25-26 for Thanksgiving

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