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Special Collections : Services

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.

Reference and Research Assistance

Special Collections provides reference and research assistance during its business hours.  Appointments are encouraged for any research need that may require a significant amount of time. 

Class Instruction

Special Collections offers customized instruction in the content and use of our collections.  Please contact a Special Collections staff member to work out specific arrangements or you may use this library instruction form.  

MLS Graduate Student Practicum and Field Experience Opportunities

Special Collections is able to offer practicum/ field work experience for MLS graduate students.  We offer projects that provide field experience in a variety of areas in a special collections setting. We are only able to take on one student per semester.  

Some examples of experience we can offer: collection processing, cataloging, inventory, material conservation via enclosures, archival arrangement, and exhibit curation.

Interested students should follow the application guidelines available on the James E. Walker Fieldwork/Practicum page