Teaching with Special Collections
We welcome undergraduate and graduate class visits. We offer instructional sessions using collection materials in either our Seminar Room (the Graham George Room) or our Reading Room depending on availability.
Our collections are intended for teaching. Special Collections instruction sessions provide students with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with primary sources, develop research skills, learn how to handle rare materials, and prepare for future independent work in special collections.
Request a Class
We kindly ask that you request classes a minimum of two weeks in advance. We can generally accommodate a maximum of twenty students, but will do all in our power to meet your needs. Contact Special Collections if you have questions about class size. Access our Schedule a Class form here.
We offer a few options on how to plan your class visit. Regardless of how you choose to lead your session, we remind you and your students that class visit are conducted in a reading room environment and students will be expected to follow our Reading Room Guidelines.
Librarian Led Class
Special Collections librarians are available and excited to teach classes with our collections. We will custom design the session to best meet your teaching objectives for your course such as:
- Featuring collection material that corresponds to your specific course
- Engaging students in hands-on exercises and group discussion
- Providing an orientation to the reading room environment and rare materials research
Faculty & Librarian Led Class
We are here to support your teaching and are happy to co-teach sessions. This partnership enables students to understand why you’ve chosen particular items and how they relate to your course, while simultaneously learning how to conduct materials research.
Faculty Led Class
Faculty are welcome to teach their own sessions with Special Collections materials. A librarian may remain present in the room to ensure proper handling and care of the items.
- Orientation to Special Collections
We love introducing people to our wonderful collections and are happy to provide an individual orientation to Special Collections. We can tour the collections and suggest materials for specific courses. We also provide introductions to procedures: requesting a class, compiling a course list, reserving items for assignments. If you would like to schedule an orientation contact us with possible dates. You will be directed to an available librarian.
- Teaching Resources