Special Collections/Rare Books

We welcome your use of our resources, and ask that you follow these rules in order to help us preserve the condition of our materials for future users.

Use of Rare materials is by appointment only.

Please call at least a day in advance to make an appointment and let us know which items you wish to use, so we can have them ready for you.

Appointments to access books, journals, manuscripts, and photographs are available from 9 am to noon on Wednesdays, and from 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays. To schedule an appointment to access books, journals, manuscripts or photographs, contact Emily Epstein at 303-724-2119.

Appointments to access artifacts are available from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment to access artifacts, please contact Paul Andrews at 303-724-2113.

Appointments for other times can be made by special arrangement. The Rare Materials Office can only accommodate 1-3 people working together. Presentations for larger groups can be arranged in library conference rooms, but we need at least a week's notice to make the necessary arrangements.

All readers must register and show a photo I.D. on their initial visit. Signing the reader registration card indicates that you understand and agree to these conditions. Privileges may be withdrawn for failure to comply. Records are confidential by Health Sciences Library policy, but under Patriot Act legislation, registration cards and circulation request forms may be subject to subpoena or search warrant.

Rare materials are to be used in the library.

All rare materials are to be used in the Rare Materials Office with a staff member present. No food or drink is allowed in this room.

White cotton gloves, provided by the rare materials staff, are required while handling artifacts, photographs, and certain other materials. This is to protect the fragile surfaces from the natural oils on fingertips.

Only pencils, not pens or markers, are allowed for note-taking. Paper for note-taking must be kept on the reading table, and not placed on the page surfaces. Laptops are allowed. A small supply of paper and pencils is available for use in the Rare Materials Office.

Leave backpacks, coats, briefcases, and purses at the desk near the room entrance. You may keep a notebook, notecards, and/or a laptop with you.

Books and journals must be kept supported in provided cradles on the reading table surface.

Handle materials with extreme care, and leave them in the same order in which they are provided. Please report uncut pages to the staff, who will open them for you.

Photocopying and scanning may be done only by rare materials staff at their discretion. 

Separate application must be made to this department for photocopies, scans, or photography.

Fragile items will not be copied or scanned if the staff determines that the procedure would damage the item

No more than 15 pages can be copied from any single volume. 

There will be a charge for photocopying or scanning.

You may photograph rare materials using your own camera at no charge, subject to copyright restrictions, but staging must be done under the supervision of a staff member.

Publication of any document or image from the Rare Materials Collection must be accompanied by proper credit:  “Courtesy of the Rare Materials Collection, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus."

These materials are made available for study use only. It is your responsibility to know and abide by statutes covering copyright and fair use for publication from these sources, literary property rights, and right-to-privacy.

Exceptions to these policies or procedures must be approved by the Library Director.

A courtesy copy of any publication or product made possible by research in our holdings would be greatly appreciated.

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