Special Collections Reading Room

Prepare for your visit to our reading room and know what to expect when you arrive.

Hatcher Library South, Sixth Floor, Room 660AView floorplan

734-764-9377

special.collections@umich.edu

Limited in-person access to collection material is available to U-M students, faculty, and staff by appointment. Appointment requests must be made at least two weeks in advance, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the need can be met with a digital or remote alternative.

Register with us to visit and use our materials. Our reading room is open to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and the general public.

Request materials for use in the reading room. 

Request a visit for your students. 

What to expect when you visit

We’ll ask for a photo ID when you enter, and will hold it at our desk until you're done researching for the day or go out for a break. 

You can bring in laptops, phones, pencils, and notepaper, but other belongings — such as bags, laptop sleeves, coats, and other outwear — must be stored in a locker outside the reading room.

Food, drink, pens, and markers are not permitted in order to protect our materials.

We allow photography, without flash. Fragile materials may require approval for photography or scanning.

We’ll provide instructions regarding the handling of collection material and, when appropriate, book rests, weights, and protective gloves.

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