Special Collections Research Center

Access Special Collections Materials

We welcome students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community to explore our collections. All visitors must register for an account before their visit. 

Register as a researcher

You must create a Special Collections Request Account to request and use our materials as well as check into the reading room. The account allows you to submit and track requests, access details about past requests, and submit requests for duplication.

  • Students, faculty, and staff: Use your U-M credentials.
  • Guests: Register and create an account.

Need help? Contact us special.collections@umich.edu

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

Use materials in the reading room

Limited in-person access to collection material is available by appointment. Appointment requests must be made at least two weeks in advance, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Request the materials you want to use in advance of your visit. 

Once ready, we’ll place them on hold for your use in our reading room. 

Many of our collections are shelved offsite and require time for us to get them to you.

Request duplication of materials

We are offering digitization services as staff availability and other resources allow.

All requests for digitization of collection material are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to U-M students, faculty, and staff when necessary.

Let us know about your collection use 

We’re always eager to hear about how people are using materials from our collections! 

Please use our notification form to tell us about your planned use or reproduction of collection material. 

You may use this form to notify us based on a request from a repository or publisher.

We do not own copyright on most of our material, so in most cases we can neither grant nor prohibit publication use. Researchers are responsible for making their own legal assessment and securing any necessary permissions. See your responsibilities under copyright law.

Citing our materials

Complete citations will vary in content and format according to the material being used, but all captions, citations, and other credits should be made to the University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center).

Please include collection names if you’ve used materials from the Labadie Collection or the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive:

  • University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center, Joseph A. Labadie Collection)
  • University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center, Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive)


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