Galvin Rare Book Room
The Galvin Rare Book Room is open by appointment. Materials in the Rare Book Room are not available to be checked out or removed from the room. Researchers will be required to read and sign a request and use form.
Items located in Special Collections may be requested at any time during the library service hours by completing a Rare Books/Special Collections request form available in the Rare Books Room or at the Information and Assistance Desk in Boatwright Library. Patrons must include name, status, and UR ID (SpiderCard, Special Borrower's Card, or Friends of the Library Card). Staff members will retrieve the items, check the condition of the material and note any damage or condition concerns, and place a security wrap on the item. After staff explains the appropriate use guidelines, the item may be checked out (but not desensitized) for a 4-hour time period. Researchers will be required to read and sign a request and use form.
Special Collections materials may be used in the library from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Please note that no items are allowed to be checked out overnight or removed from the library, and all materials returned late are subject to fines. After the user is finished with the material, it must be returned to the Information and Assistance Desk to be checked in and placed for reshelving. Patrons without an accepted UR ID must provide a valid photo ID, preferably a driver's license, and may only use the materials in a location designated by library staff (table carrel outside the Rare Books and Special Collections office or in the Customer Service Area).
To help library staff serve users better and to protect and preserve our special materials, we ask that you follow the instructions shown below. These procedures are designed to preserve our rare books and special collections for future generations at the University of Richmond.
Handling and use procedures:
Thank you for your cooperation. Please contact a staff member if you have any questions.