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Special Collections : Preparing for your vist

Special Collections is the rare book facility for Walker Library. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to valuable, unique, and fragile materials.

Reading Room Use

All Walker Library Special Collections materials are non-circulating and must be used in the Reading Room. 

First-time users are asked to complete a registration form and present a photo ID before using materials. 

Briefcases, backpacks, bags, and other items brought into the Reading Room are subject to inspection when visitors leave the area. Lockers are available for storing these items while users are in Special Collections.

No food or drink is allowed in the area. Smoking is prohibited.

Cellular phones should be turned on silent or vibrate-only. Phone calls should be taken outside of the area. 

Pencils and not pens should be used in the Reading Room.

Pencils must be used when utilizing materials from the vault. 

Laptops may be used.


Material Use and Photocopying

With the exception of the Reference collection, all materials are secured in the vault and must be paged by Special Collections staff. 

All materials must remain on the table.  

Fragile or rare items may require handling by staff. Use of some materials may be otherwise restricted at the discretion of staff.



Photocopying and digital imaging are considered on an item-by-item basis.

Requests for photocopying cannot be immediately accommodated.

The current legal status of copyright regulates the photoreproduction of MTSU theses. By law, we cannot photocopy entire or substantial portions of any MTSU thesis without permission conveyed in a letter signed and mailed to Special Collections by the author.