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To request Special Collections materials for use in the Reading Room, please create a USF Aeon user account. For best results, enable pop-up windows.
Finding MaterialsTo explore our more than 500 archival collections, search our Finding Aids in ArchivesSpace. You can search for key terms, or browse by Collections, Subjects, or Names. You can also explore themes using the Classifications button, which will allow you to see collections related to our major collecting areas and popular research topics. Books, maps, and select audio and visual materials from Special Collections can be found using the USF Libraries catalog. Select the Books tab to conduct your search, and then filter your results to USF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS – TAMPA in the left panel.
Before You VisitSpecial Collections welcomes researchers, students, and community users and encourages the use of its collections in a safe, secure, and productive manner. The department has developed the following policies and procedures in concert with best practices developed by ACRL, RBMS, and SAA. Please see their joint statement for more information.
- All patrons are required to register via Aeon prior to using materials.
- All materials must be consulted in the reading room. Place requests via an Aeon account or ask the desk attendant for assistance. A staff member will retrieve all items requested; archival collections will be retrieved five (5) boxes at a time.
- Appointments are not required, although some patrons, particularly those traveling some distance or seeking an in-depth research consultation, may find it helpful to make advance arrangements for their visit with a member of the staff. Click here to schedule a Special Collections research consultation.
- Personal belongings, including briefcases, backpacks, purses, and notebooks, must be placed in a locker.
- Food, drink, and chewing gum are prohibited in the reading room.
- Patrons may use pencil and paper, laptop computers, or mobile devices to take notes. Pens may not be used. Pencils and paper are available upon request.
- Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands prior to using rare books and archival materials. Gloves will be provided for handling some photographic materials.
- Please do not place any items (e.g. writing materials, laptops, note cards, arms, jewelry, archival boxes, etc.) on top of materials. Book supports and snakes are available upon request. Please maintain the original order of manuscript and archival materials and do not remove fasteners.
- In order to ensure the security and integrity of all collections, Special Collections limits patrons to a single archival box and/or three published works at the work space. Patrons are asked to remove and re-file a single folder at a time from the archival box. Additional materials may be left with the desk attendant for easy access.
- We offer a variety of options for providing reproductions of our materials. Patrons may take pictures with their personal cameras and cell phones, though the camera’s flash may not be used. We also offer a self-service Bookeye scanner, which allows files to be saved to a patron’s USB drive or e-mailed directly from the scanner. We do not provide photocopies.
- A staff member must approve all requests to photograph, scan, or otherwise reproduce materials. Staff reserves the right to refuse any digital reproduction request for copyright or preservation purposes. Please see below for additional information on copyright.
- The citation for Special Collections materials is: [Item], Special Collections, Tampa Library, University of South Florida.