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Change is coming May 2019!

Beginning May 2019 Special Collections will require IDs and library accounts for all Special Collections users.

All users will need to present IDs on every visit, list of approved IDs.

First time community visitors and outside users will need to create accounts with Special Collections. Please plan an extra 5 - 10 min to register an account in our library system.

Affiliates of the University of Utah have a library account.

To help accommodate our procedural changes, we are changing the physical space of the Reading Room.

May 7th 2019 the Special Collections Reference and Reading rooms will be closed.

Thank you for your patience while we make these changes to our space and service. Please contact Alison Elbrader with any questions.

Summer Hours and Saturday Schedule

Special Collections has temporarily adjusted our hours and Saturday availability. Please refer to the calendars below for open hours. Please contact us with any questions

About Us

The J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections Division serves the University of Utah community, the citizens of Utah, and scholars around the world through the stewardship of original and scarce resources. Its curatorial and archival staff collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that extend across a broad range of topics and formats. Rare books, maps, and ephemera document the record of human communication and provide diverse perspectives on local and global history. Unpublished archival manuscripts, photographs, posters, and video and audio recordings document the past and current history of Utah and the Intermountain West through different experiences of Western life. Extensive secondary publications support these collecting areas while a fully developed preservation program ensures that these unique materials will be available for future generations.



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Special Collections

Greg Thompson
Associate Dean

Todd Samuelson
Assistant Director

Alison Elbrader
Reference Librarian

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