Using Special Collections Materials

Request use of the Special Collections


The Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only.


Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturdays, 1pm-5pm. Requests for a Saturday appointment must be received no later than Tuesday of the same week. 

Please note that materials are stored off-site, and you must request items in advance. It may take more than a week to retrieve items from storage. Large orders may take up to two weeks. 

Please contact us at for appointments or any questions. You can also submit a request to use materials, and we will email you with available appointment times.


The SCRC is located in the East Wing of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library (2 Broughton Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695).

Directions and parking for the Hill Library

Directions to the Reading Room

Request and use materials

Request use of the Special Collections

  • Materials are stored off-site; you must request items in advance. It may take more than a week to retrieve items from storage. Large orders may take up to two weeks.
  • Special Collections is open by appointment only. Contact us at to make an appointment and to request materials.
  • You will need to register at the SCRC and provide photo identification such as a driver's license, passport, student ID card, etc.
  • Laptops and other mobile computing devices are allowed in the SCRC Reading Room.
  • Requests to access digital files (such as CDs, floppy disks, hard drive, etc.) from SCRC collections may take at least a week to process. We will notify you when your requested materials are available. Copies of unrestricted digital files will be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room on a laptop provided by the Special Collections Research Center. 

Because the items in the SCRC are unique, fragile, and irreplaceable, special rules and regulations apply when using the SCRC Reading Room:    

  • Pencils only may be used in the Reading Room. Pens may not be used. 
  • No food, beverages, or gum are allowed in the Reading Room.
  • All Special Collections materials must be handled with special care. Rare books must be used on book supports. Gloves may be required when handling fragile or otherwise delicate materials. Consult Reading Room staff with any questions about proper handling procedures.
  • Researchers must place their personal items (bookbags, backpacks, purses, coats, etc.) in the lockers provided for safe storage or in a place designated by Special Collections staff.
  • Researchers wishing to use the same materials again (within a reasonable time frame) may ask to have them placed on hold. The department reserves the right to review the papers of our patrons at the end of each visit.
  • Duplication services are available for a fee. Materials may be copied at the discretion of Special Collections staff, when safe for the materials and legal. Price lists and request forms are available on site and online.
  • Manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, film, and other items are protected under federal copyright law.  The researcher is fully responsible for any legal issues surrounding the use of Special Collections materials.
  • Researchers may bring digital cameras (no flash) or (silenced) cell phones into the Reading Room and take images for research purposes only, excluding any materials that may be restricted by donors or other rights holders.  Scanners are prohibited. Uploading images onto social media sites is considered publishing and may be a violation of copyright.
  • The University Archives operates in accordance with the State Public Records Act, with unrestricted access to records not covered by state and federal Right to Privacy acts.

Research assistance

To assist researchers in their work, we can provide:

Contact Us

Phone:  919-515-2273

SCRC staff