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Food and Agriculture Resources in Special Collections: Using Special Collections

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections is the library's rare book room, where we keep materials that are old, fragile, and valuable.

We also have strong holdings of contemporary popular culture and political radicalism.

Items can be requested online or when you arrive. If you request material ahead of time, we'll have it waiting for you.

Special Collections materials cannot be checked out; they must be used in the Reading Room during our open hours.

Search Special Collections

Screenshot of the Special Collections homepage with the search box highlighted.

Remote storage

Some material is off-site in "Remote Storage." If the Location says Remote, you must request it three business days before your visit so we can bring the material back to the Main Library for you.

Special Collections Reading Room

Request items

To request items in Special Collections:

  • Click the Get It! button.
  • On the next page, click Request the Item.
  • Then log in to your Special Collections account, or create an account.
  • The request form will import the title and call number for your item.
  • Add the date of your visit at the bottom, and click Submit.

Screenshot of a catalog record with the GET IT button highlighted.