Accessing the Collections

The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only to current University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff.  Information about how to request appointments can be found on our Reading Room Access page.
Special Collections staff members may be reached by using our Contact Form.

The Special Collections Research Center provides access to the University of Chicago's rare books, manuscripts, and archives. We welcome use of the resources by faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago and by visiting researchers.

Access to archives, manuscripts, and special collections is provided in accordance with the Polices Governing the Use of Archives, Manuscript and Special Collections. Access to University of Chicago administrative records is governed by Regulations Governing Access to Official Records of the University of Chicago in the University of Chicago Archives. Other archival and manuscript collections may be governed by specific restrictions or may not be available for immediate use; before planning a research visit, please contact Special Collections staff for further information.

For more information on consultation of rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the Special Collections Research Center, please see Using the Special Collections Reading Room.

Information for Visiting Researchers

Please contact the Special Collections Research Center before your visit to determine the availability of the materials you wish to consult.

When you arrive at Regenstein Library you will need to stop at the Library Privileges Office (located in JRL 100, directly to the left of the entrance/exit desk) to obtain a Day Pass and register to use Special Collections. A valid driver's license or other current identification with a photograph must be presented at the Privileges Offices. Be sure to explain that you will be using Special Collections materials. If you required guest access to WiFi, please ask for it at this time.

Once admitted to the library, please proceed to the Special Collections Research Center on the first floor (JRL 130). You will need your identification to complete your registration. Special Collections staff will assist you in using the collections and explain the Guidelines for the Use of Special Collections.