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Before you get here

Location of the Reading Room for Special Collections

The entrance to Special Collections is on the west side of Strozier Library, first floor. For directions to Strozier Library, see the Maps and Directions page.

Researcher Registration and Rules

All researchers are required to register with Special Collections and provide photo identification before requesting collection materials. Patrons may bring a completed registration form or fill one out upon arrival. Materials are stored in closed stacks and retrieved by staff upon request for use in the reading room. Food and drink are not permitted in the reading room.

Patrons must secure briefcases, book bags, purses, and other belongings in lockers. Patrons may only bring loose sheets of paper, pencils, laptop computers, and cameras into the reading room. If wishing to san or take photographs of items, patrons will need to review and fill out a Camera Use Policy form. For more information, see our Policies and Forms.

To preserve and protect the rare collections for future use, researchers are asked to handle the collections as carefully as possible without marking or leaning on them.  Staff can provide book cradles or other supports to protect fragile bound volumes from damage during use. For certain items, researchers must use the digital, microfilm, or other surrogates that are available to help preserve the fragile original documents.

Disabled Access

For information regarding Strozier Library accessibility and services provided, please see the Library's Accessiblity at FSU Guide.

Image from former online exhibit, Got Herb? A Special Collection of Botanicals and Herbals

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