The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery will remain closed until further notice. As the response to the Coronavirus continues, updates to library services and hours will be posted on myUMBC and the website.

Visiting Special Collections

The Special Collections department is available to assist all interested researchers with each stage of a research project. Undergraduates, faculty, the general public, new and experienced researchers - all are welcome. Please see below for information about what to expect when visiting, our Reading Room policies, Rights & Reproduction, and scheduling a class instruction session/visit. Our hours, directions, and contact information are in the yellow box below.

Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-2353
Fax: 410-455-1567 

Special Collections Hours

Monday - Wednesday 12 - 4pm

Thursday 12 - 8pm

Appointments available Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Contact: 410.455.2353 |

Intercession, Summer Term, and Winter Term open by appointment only. View semester hours

Directions to Special Collections

Directions to the Library

Once inside the Library, go through the security gates and make an immediate left into the Gallery. Go through the Gallery to the right and you will see the door Special Collections. The Reading Room is located through that door, in Room 104.

Contact Special Collections

  • phone (410-455-2353),
  • e-mail (,
  • chat (select "Ask a Librarian" button on the right side of any webpage),
  • or in person when the Reading Room is open (view semester hours).

View the telephone and e-mail information for Special Collections staff

Beth Saunders, Curator and Head of Special Collections

Susan Graham, Special Collections Librarian

Lindsey Loeper, Archivist

Robin Martin, Special Collections Library Specialist

Finny Rocca, Graduate assistant

Jessica Riley, Graduate assistant

Ryan Koons, Contract Archivist, Maryland State Arts Council

Using Special Collections

Please watch our Visiting Special Collections video to see what to expect when visiting, including our policies, usage procedures, and services. Our diverse collections of rare books, photographs, manuscripts, archives and artifacts are available for research use by faculty, students, visiting scholars and the general public. All materials must be viewed on site in the reading room. A knowledgeable staff is available to assist researchers and to retrieve materials for study. Please see our policies below for more specific instructions.

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Reading Room Policies

All researchers must register to use Special Collections. This involves filling out a registration form and presenting a photo ID for copying.

  • All coats, bags, and personal belongings not required for research must be left in the locker area. The coat rack and lockers are available for use.
  • Pens, food, and drinks are prohibited; please leave with your personal belongings. Pencils, notes, laptops, cameras, and phones may be used to take notes. Please silence your phone and take any phone calls in the Library Gallery.
  • Collections material can only be used in the Reading Room. Storage areas, including the book stacks, are not open for browsing. Request materials using provided call slips.
  • All materials must be handled with care. Please use provided handling instructions. Clean, dry hands are required; a restroom is available in the Library Gallery.
  • Researchers are required to adhere to all copyright laws.
  • Cameras may be used, according to the guidelines outlined in our Camera Use Policy.
  • Requests for digital scans or files can be submitted using the digital imaging form(PDF). Please complete and send to

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Rights & Reproductions

Special Collections staff can make scans or photocopies for you. For information about this service and about permissions to use materials, as well as associated fees, please see Rights & Reproduction.

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Special Collections offers many types of instruction sessions. Learn more about Special Collections instruction and Request an instruction session.

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The Special Collections department is available to assist all interested researchers with each stage of a research project. Undergraduates, faculty, the general public, new and experienced researchers - all are welcome. Please see our Research page to learn how to search and locate Special Collections research resources, guides to help you with your research, and how to cite your sources. Learn more...

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The Special Collections department is located on the first floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, in the back of the Gallery. Learn more...

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