Special Collections Visitor Information

Website: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

Special Collections is open to all. When visiting Special Collections for the first time, patrons will be asked to provide proof of identity and to complete a User Registration Form. Researchers must register and may use materials only in the Special Collections Reading Room. Exception: Theses and dissertations are served in a designated location in the reference area. Be sure to read Using the Collections.

Due to limited staffing, Special Collections cannot guarantee same-day reproduction service. Every effort is made to complete a copy request in a timely fashion. Special Collections staff reserve the right to refuse any request.  Reproduction is limited to 50 pages.  Requests for reproductions of entire works/collections, even if less than 50 pages, may not be accommodated. Legibility of photocopied or scanned manuscripts cannot be guaranteed.

For requests for photocopies by phone, mail, or email, the patron must complete a Reproduction Request Form.  This form may be downloaded here and completed by the patron, or SC staff may complete it for the patron and email or mail it to the patron for his/her review. [The first 10 photocopies are free to all patrons; whether by mail or on-site, and does not include a handling fee.]  Once the form and payment are received and approved in SC, the order will be processed. On-site patrons may be asked to return for copies or scans if they cannot be made at the time of request. Special Collections accepts cash [for on-site patrons] and personal checks. Checks are to be made payable to James Madison University. JAC cards are not accepted.