Access to Physical Collections

Last updated: August 31, 2020

To prioritize the health and safety of our staff and community, we encourage use of online materials whenever possible.

We can get many things for you electronically and offer contactless pickup for certain materials. We are not delivering items at this time.


If you find a book you need in our catalog and it isn't available electronically, make a loan request. We will do our best to track it down for you.

You can request certain materials not available online through contactless pickup.

Books chapters and articles

We can scan small portions of our physical items, such as book chapters and journal articles. If we can’t scan something, we’ll place a request to see if another institution can.

‘Library use only’ materials

For materials that can only be used in our buildings — such as artists’ books, manuscripts, maps, papyri, rare sheet music, and other special collections — please contact the respective location to inquire about options:

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