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.
  • 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

All requests for copies of Special Collections Library material constitute an agreement by the requestor that he or she will not reproduce, distribute, broadcast, publicly display, offer for sale, or otherwise use or publish any material subject to copyright, or a portion thereof, in excess of fair use, as defined by copyright law, without the express permission of the copyright holder and the Special Collections Library. When permission to use or publish is granted, proper acknowledgment to the Special Collections Library as owner and source of the material is required.

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.

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Last modified: 06/18/2013