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Using the Collections

The great majority of our titles are cataloged, and their records may be located on NUsearch. To request an item, simply fill out one of our call slips and give it to a staff member at our reference desk to be paged. Typical turnaround time is less than five minutes.

View materials in the Jens Nyholm Reading Room, as our materials do not circulate.

The number of works you may use simultaneously may be limited. Works you wish to consult again in the near future will be held on our hold shelf upon your request.

Reproductions of text or images

Many materials can be reproduced on request, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. See our Reproductions from our Collections page for the online form and information about reproduction fees and available digital file formats.

Note that text or images quoted or reproduced must be credited properly as belonging to the McCormick Library of Special Collections, by using the credit line "Courtesy Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library." See the policies tab of our Reproductions from our Collections page for more information.

Class visits

Instructors wishing to use our materials during class sessions may schedule the use of our Joseph Spear Beck Angling Room. The room can accommodate groups of up to about 16 people and allows for group discussion in a comfortable setting. The instructor must be present during these sessions and various security protocols respected. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting our staff.

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