An academic library’s special collections provide rare books and other materials found in few other libraries and unique primary source materials for original research, such as the personal archives of important people and the official records of institutions. Special collections are the sources for new discoveries and catalyze novel research.  They are also used in classroom instruction to teach to research techniques.

The best way to access special collections at UC Libraries is to contact the appropriate library and inquire about procedures. Contacts are listed on the Special Collections homepage.  Because of limited staffing and remote storage of some collections, appointments are required, particularly if you are traveling a distance or intend to conduct extensive research.