FAQ: What are Special Collections?

Exhibit case in the Texas Poets' Corner

Special Collections are library materials that are housed separately from the general library collection for reasons such as form, subject, fragility, and value. Special Collections materials may not be checked out. Materials within this collection may be photocopied if the Special Collections Librarian feels they are not too fragile.

The Special Collections Unit includes two reading rooms for public use, the Texas Poets' Corner and the Frank M. Blackburn Reading Room. All of the books in these collections have been cataloged and can be found using Cornette Library's online catalog. The University Archives is also part of Special Collections, but it is strictly a storage area for University records and not accessible to the public. Patrons may ask at the Special Collections Desk to use materials from the University Archives and they will be retrieved for use in the Casa Magni area of the Texas Poets' Corner. Patrons doing research with special collections materials must sit in the Casa Magni area of the Texas Poets' Corner. Patrons not using special collections materials, but just wishing to read or study, may use the Blackburn Reading Room.

The following is a partial list of the microform Special Collections owned by Cornette Library. The collections and the card catalog are housed in the Micro Room. Most of these collections do not appear in Cornette Library's online catalog. For dates of coverage on these collections, consult the Special Microforms card catalog or ask at the Periodicals Service Desk.