Special Collections

The Special Collections department collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value—housing, preserving, and making accessible materials that are original, rare, unique, fragile, and archival. Our collections and staff support UMBC’s research and educational mission and its dedication to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, and lifelong learning.

We offer on-site services in addition to remote support to all researchers. For assistance with research, accessing collection materials, or preparing instruction, please contact the Special Collections staff directly. We can be reached by:


The Special Collections reading room is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12-4pm and Thursday from 12-7pm.

Use the online scheduling service to reserve an on-site research appointment. Appointments are required during the exam period, Spring Break, and the Winter and Summer sessions. Appointments are suggested, but not required, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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