1. Figure out what you want to use
Use the search tools to look at the online finding aids (inventories describing the collections)
- Most collections are not available online. You need to use the finding aids to locate what you want to use.
- Materials cannot be checked out, so usually you need to visit to do your research.
- Ask us if you can't find what you are looking for -- the staff is here to help you!
2. Make an appointment
Email or call in advance (email@example.com or 314-935-5495)
- All collections are in closed storage (closed stacks), and we need advanced notice to retrieve them. Usually a day or two is enough, but sometimes longer (a week) is needed.
Let us know which item(s) you wish to use. Send us an email listing:
- Book title and call number (as listed in the Library Catalog)
- Collection title, ID, and series/box numbers (as listed in the ASpace Finding Aid)
3. Use the Collections
Visit and use collections at Olin Library, in the Reading Room
Remember: Give yourself TIME to do the in-depth work needed using original, fragile, and unusual materials.
What to bring:
- Completed Patron Form (if it is your first visit this year)
- required campus screening, mask , etc (as required per campus health and safety)
- Laptop, tablet, camera (optional)
- Pencil and paper (we have some you can use too)
Our primary piece of advice: PLAN AHEAD!
4. What if I cannot come to the library in person?
Contact us and request copies