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See the Introduction to Special Collections screencast for a brief overview of the services and policies of Special Collections.

Visitor Information
The special collections staff of Florida Atlantic University Libraries is happy to assist students, faculty and researchers to use the collections. Please explore our website and the collections pages to narrow your search and prepare your request. Successful researchers generally email their requests so that staff can clarify research questions and retrieve items before your appointment, or perhaps help you by email without requiring a visit.

For an extended visit, you may wish to bring a sweater or jacket, as the room temperature is usually quite cool. Parking is more readily available in the afternoons at the metered parking in front of the library or on the first floor of the parking garage on Volusia (map). Appointments are strongly recommended.

You will not be allowed to have bags, briefcases, purses, portfolios, notebooks, legal pads, pens and other such items while researching. We will provide a secure location nearby for you to leave these items if you have them with you. Laptop computers, PDAs, digital cameras and cell phones may be permitted. Paper and pencils are provided for note-taking, as well as acid-free bookmarks to designate pages you wish copied. Special collections staff will examine the book, papers, etc., and determine whether it can be scanned or photocopied, based on condition. Limited copying will be provided but must comply with all U.S. copyright regulations. Your copies may not be immediately available, depending on staff resources.

Many of our collections have materials in languages other than English, or may use specialized jargon or be handwritten. We do not provide transliteration, translation or transcription services.

Patron Requests
Requests to use special collections materials may be made by phone, email or appointment. In addition to personal contact information, special collections staff may require you to fill out a Patron Request Form which allows us to collect basic statistical information about patron affiliations (student, faculty, public researcher, etc.) and keep track of how often certain items are requested. If we find that use is high, we may provide an access copy instead of the original to protect the item from overuse.


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