Special Collections & Archives

Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books

Department Hours

Our Reading Room is located on M-Level of the Brody Learning Commons.  Please note that you will need a photo ID in order to enter the facility.

Spring Semester Hours

Mondays-Fridays, 10am-5pm

Tuesdays, 10am-8pm

Summer Reading Hours

No Tuesday evening  hours are offered the weeks of May 7th and 14th.

Tuesday evening hours will be available to researchers by appointment only starting on the week of May 21st.  Please contact staff at archives@lists.johnshopkins.edu or rarebooks@lists.johnshopkins.edu if you have questions about using our Reading Room.

Closings: The Department is closed on Tuesday, May 16th and Monday, May 29th.


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Welcome to the Department of Special Collections!

Want to do some research relating to Hopkins history?  Interested in using old books and manuscripts for your research paper?  Then you've come to the right place!

Please use this research guide as a discovery portal to the wonderful world of Special Collections at JHU!  Our holdings are searchable via the library catalog.

Found something you'd like to see? Then contact us!  Here's how:


Spotlight on Special Collections

Halloween at the Peabody Library

Dirty Books and Longing Looks

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

John Barth Collection

Edible Book Festival

Dorothy Scott Collection of Fore-Edge Painted Books