Special Collections & Archives

Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books

Requesting Materials

  • Tell us what you want to see. You can visit us on M-Level of the BLC, give us a call, or send an email. For books, we will need the call number, title, and author. For non-book material, please tell us the collection name, number, series (if applicable) and the boxes you want. Note: You cannot request boxes via the library catalog. All this information is available in the library catalog or in the finding aid for non-book material.
  • Be sure to leave contact information so we can inform you when the materials arrive or if there will be a delay!
  • Having problems finding material?  Staff will be happy to help you navigate the library catalog.

Tips for Requesting Books

  • Books from the George Peabody Library and Garrett Library can be delivered for use in our Reading Room. There may be some limitations on what can be safely transported, but we do try our best to meet the needs of our researchers! Book transport normally occurs once a week, so it's best to let us know far in advance if you need a book delivered! Most of our rare books are housed offsite.
  • If what you wish to look at is stored in the library, we can retrieve it for you same day.
  • You may notice that some rare books are in the library catalog, but don't have call numbers yet. That's just because they are awaiting cataloging. You can certainly ask to see books that are "in process"!
  • Some of our books are housed at the LSC (Libraries Service Center). You might be able to request these online.
  • If you have any problems requesting a Special Collections book, contact us. You can visit us on M-Level of the Brody Learning Commons, give us a call at 410-516-8348, or send an email to rarebooks@lists.johnshopkins.edu .