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last updated: 8/8/2012

Special Collection (Fine Arts Library)

The materials in the Special Collections in the Fine Arts Library are restricted to use in the Reference Office or in the staff workroom. The guidelines suggested below are not designed to inhibit use of the materials, but to help ensure their preservation, and to facilitate use of the collection. All items must be handled with great care.


Special Collection items may be viewed from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.  If you would like to view an item from special collections during weekday evenings or on weekends, please give 24-hour notice by either emailing your request to, calling (812) 855-3314, or coming in and filling out a request form.

*note: Viewing Special Collections at any time is contingent upon staff availability.

General guidelines to viewing Special Collections at the Fine Arts Library

  • The Special Collection is searchable in IUCAT.
  • To request a Special Collection item, go to the Fine Arts Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Special Book Request form, including your name and the title, author and call number of the item you are requesting.  You will be asked to present your IU ID or Library Borrowers Card.
  • You will be directed to a viewing area when your request is available.
  • Patrons viewing Special Collection materials are asked to place brief cases, backpacks, coats, and any other personal property which are nonessential to their research onto a chair or the floor.
  • Laptops are permitted, provided they do not rest on the library materials.
  • Materials must remain on the table during use. They are not to be placed in your lap or propped against the edge of the table.
  • Readers are asked to handle materials with clean hands. Turn pages slowly and carefully, and touch only the margins if possible. Please keep arms and elbows off the books. No papers, books, or other objects may be laid on library materials.
  • Only pencils are to be used for note-taking. If you don't have a pencil, ask a staff member for one.
  • No marks may be added or erased, and no tracings or rubbings may be made.
  • Note-taking must not be done on top of library materials.
  • The order and arrangement of unbound materials must be preserved. Apparent irregularities should be called to the attention of the staff.
  • Requests for photocopying or scanning are considered on an individual basis. Oversized material cannot be photocopied without supervision. Fragile material can only be copied by library staff. If the material is too fragile it cannot be photocopied.

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last updated: 8/8/2012