Hours, Policies, and Staff
Special Collections hours: Monday through Friday 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30
Researchers coming from afar are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. The entire library (including Special Collections) is closed during intersession periods and University holidays. Special Collections, however, tries to accommodate researchers if staffing permits, but an appointment is essential at these times.
Southwestern University students, staff, and faculty as well as the general public are welcome to conduct research in Special Collections. Although materials are non-circulating, the John G. Tower Library reading room provides an elegant and comfortable space to read and study the university’s rare books and other collections. Outlets are available for laptop computers.
Researchers are asked to read and sign a policy of rules and regulations upon registering. These policies, designed to protect and preserve rare and fragile materials, include requests that patrons show photo-identification upon registering; use pencils only; check all book bags, briefcases, and other personal property not necessary for research; wear provided gloves when handling photographs, and use care when examining materials. Works in good condition may be photo-duplicated for a fee. Non-flash photographs are allowed in most circumstances, but please talk to staff first. The two minute video (upper left) quickly reviews how to use books and documents.
Inquiries concerning the use of the Special Collections or the John G. Tower Papers are welcome and should be addressed to the director:
Jason W. Dean
Director of Special Collections & Archives
Smith Library Center
P.O. Box 770
Georgetown, Texas 78627-0770
Special Collections and Archives Assistant