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Using the Collections

The great majority of our titles are cataloged, and their records may be located in NUsearch. To request an item, simply click the “Request Special Collections” link on the NUsearch page for that item. This will direct you to the Special Collections Request System page where you can log in to your account or register as a new user. Materials may be viewed in the Jens Nyholm Reading Room, as our materials do not circulate.

A small percentage of items are located at the Libraries' off-campus storage facility, the Oak Grove Library Center, and are available via NUsearch. Any Northwestern-affiliated patron or registered guest can request items, which can be available as soon as the next business day for consultation in our reading room. 

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.

Please see our Reading Room Policies for more information.

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 Libraries." See the policies tab on the reproductions 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 15 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 completing the online reservation form.

Please review the room policies prior to making your reservations. Contact us if you have any questions.