Archival Reference Service

Visiting Us In-Person

For researchers able to visit us in-person, we have reference staff on duty in our reading room who can assist you to find relevant resources from our extensive collections. All researchers must register with us (at no charge) and sign a researcher agreement form in order to request to consult materials from our collections.

You can begin your work before you arrive by searching for relevant materials in Primo. The “Refine My Results” feature can be used to find only materials from Archival and Special Collections by choosing “UG Archives” under “Collection” in the left-hand sidebar.

If you pre-order materials online 24 hours priors to your visit, they can be ready for you when you arrive, thus saving you time. Please use our online request form to place your requests. Only one call number per request, please.

We are also able to do retrievals on demand, though there will be a wait time in order for us to find the material and bring it to the reading room. A computer is available in our reading room for you to place your requests online, or you may choose to use one of the public computers elsewhere in the library. If you need assistance, our reference staff will be happy to help.

If You Cannot Visit In-Person

For researchers unable to visit us in-person Archival and Special Collections does provide somewhat more limited reference assistance through e-mail and over the phone. We are unable to conduct the research for you; however, we can provide you with suggestions of what resources you—or a researcher working on your behalf—could consult.