COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: Spring Semester: Because of ongoing concerns due to COVID-19, for the safety of our patrons and staff, Special Collections & University Archives will be open by appointment only beginning January 25 for the duration of the spring 2021 semester. Please note that this information may change as we learn more, and as library and/or university guidelines are updated. 

Reading Room Availability and Research and Reference Services

Beginning January 25, appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am and noon and 1 pm and 3 pm. You may make an appointment on LibCal, and we ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice. Appointments will last one hour by default, but if you wish to spend more time in SC&UA to conduct research, please let us know and we will plan accordingly with you. If you have questions or concerns about your appointment or using LibCal, you may email us directly at

Before your appointment, we ask that you wash your hands and do not apply hand sanitizer because of preservation concerns. Please wear a mask to your appointment, and we will supply nitrile gloves. Please bring your own pencil if possible, and/or plan to take notes using your electronic device.

We are unable to allow public browsing of our collections (including UNI publications) at this time. Please ask SC&UA staff to assist you with accessing collection materials. We encourage you to request specific titles, boxes, etc ahead of time when possible to help us meet your research needs efficiently. 

In lieu of in-person reference services, you may also schedule a virtual appointment, email, or use ​ Ask Us virtual options

We are happy to digitize materials for you, in accordance with our General Use and Service Policies. Please email us with requests for digitization. 

At this time, access to notable and historical materials from the Youth Collection will take place in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room . Please email Katelyn Browne to initiate this request, and schedule an appointment to access the material(s) in SC&UA through LibCal . Please indicate in the LibCal form that this request is for a Youth Collection title.

Research Consultations and Instruction Services

Jaycie Vos, the Special Collections Coordinator and University Archivist, is still available for research consultations and instruction sessions. During this time, consults and instruction via zoom - or some other remote method - are highly encouraged. You may schedule a research consult with her via LibCal. Please email her at if you have any questions or concerns regarding consultations.

Because of space constraints and safety concerns, instruction for Spring 2021 in the SC&UA reading room will be available only to classes in which there are 6 or fewer students. However, classes may be arranged via zoom, and we are happy to digitize materials ahead of time. If you are interested in using SC&UA materials in instruction, we ask that you give us 3 weeks notice to plan and digitize materials. We are able to digitize up to 20 items (pages, photographs, etc) per instruction session, and we must follow copyright laws in doing so.

Donations and Records Transfers

We are able to accept records transfers and materials donations. If you are interested in donating materials or transferring records to SC&UA during this time, please contact Jaycie before you send the materials and she will work with you to coordinate delivery. When possible, we ask that you submit an electronic deed of gift rather than a print form. When possible, we ask that you please send donations by mail or through the campus delivery service. If you wish to drop off the materials in person, you must schedule an appointment to do so using LibCal. Again, contact Jaycie directly at if you have any questions or concerns about donating or transferring materials at this time.

COVID-19 Community Archiving Project

Do you have have stories, photos, blogs, or other content to share about your COVID-19 experience? We are seeking submissions for our new COVID-19 community archiving project and want to hear from you!

Additional Information

Please visit  for the most up to date information from the University regarding COVID-19 and its impact on campus services.