Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) acquires, cares for, interprets, and shares collections of unique, rare, and primary source material. Examine collection materials, request an instructional session, and explore unique topics with librarians at special events.


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Sixth Floor, Room 660

Hatcher Library South

913 S. University Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

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Special Collections Research Center

Getting here

The Special Collections Research Center is located in Hatcher South on floor 6. 

Learn how to navigate Hatcher Library by viewing its floor plans, physical accessibility information, and more.

Get help

We are available to answer questions about our collections and services, and can provide research assistance in person and remotely.

Schedule a consultation with one of our curators or reach out to us at special.collections@umich.edu.

Connect with us

Research fellowships and student internships

We are pleased to offer three fellowship opportunities to researchers whose projects require substantial onsite use of our collections. 

Our John Sayles and Maggie Renzi Archival Processing Internship Program provides a summer opportunity for current and recent graduate students.

Support our work

See ways to support us through philanthropic giving. You can contribute to our work directly through funds for specific collections, as well as those broadly supporting the SCRC. We may also accept donations of materials.

Inside the Research Center

  1. Special Collections Exhibit Space

    Get close to unique, rare, and primary source materials in this pocket-sized exhibit space.

  2. Special Collections Presentation Space

    Reserved for classes and events of up to 25 people around materials from the Special Collections Research Center.

  3. Special Collections Reading Room

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