Special Collections Library

Access to and Use of Special Collections Library Material

Special Collections Library material is available for use by University of Michigan faculty, students, alumni, and staff; visiting researchers; and members of the public. Use of some Special Collections Library material may be subject to restrictions. All Special Collections Library material must be used in our Reading Room according to the following policies:

  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Reading Room.
  • Coats, backpacks, briefcases, handbags, laptop cases, and other personal items not required for research must be left in a designated area.
  • Books, notebooks, laptops, and other personal items required for research are subject to inspection by Special Collections Library staff. 
  • Laptops, other computing devices, and pencils may be used for taking notes. The use of pens is prohibited.
  • Staff will ask to retain a photo ID while you are signed in to the Reading Room.
  • With some exceptions, the use of cameras and scanners is permitted. Fragile materials must be approved by Special Collections Library staff for photography or scanning.
  • Materials must be handled with care at all times. Special Collections Library staff will provide instructions regarding the handling of collection material and, when appropriate, book rests, weights, and protective gloves.

Copying and Reproduction

NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For more information about copying and reproduction, please see our Duplication Services page.

Data Collection and Use

Information collected in conjunction with the use of a Special Collections Request Account may be retained indefinitely and will not be shared unless required by law.

Page maintained by Kate Foster Hutchens
Last modified: 02/19/2015