Aeon is Coming to Special Collections!



Aeon is a management tool designed specifically for archives and special collection libraries. It automates researcher registration, collection retrieval requests, statistics gathering, and duplication requests. Essentially, Aeon offers researchers greater access and a more efficient way to conduct their special collections research.

The University of Maryland joins the numerous leading university libraries currently using Aeon, including the University of Michigan’s Special Collection Library, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Harvard College Library, Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Princeton University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Beginning August 1, 2014, researchers using materials from Special Collections and University Archives, the Prange Collection, and Special Collections in Performing Arts will be required to register online for a research account through Aeon.

All requests for materials from these special collection libraries will be made through Aeon. Once researchers create an online account, they will be able to request materials directly from the online catalog/finding aid, view their current/past requests, and submit scanning/photocopy requests from any computer using the Aeon system.


Aeon will greatly improve the research experience for researchers using special collections materials. Among the many benefits, researchers will be able to:

  • Easily register and request materials seamlessly from the online catalog, ArchivesUM, or our website in advance of their visit, maximizing their research time in the reading room
  • Monitor the progress of their requests to determine if an item has been retrieved or placed on hold
  • Place digitization and photo-duplication requests at home or in the reading room
  • Securely access their past requests and digitization orders, relieving them of the need to keep track of material they have used or requested
  • Request groups of materials for collaborative events, including classes and tours, which can be saved in the system and promptly retrieved again by special collections staff

Aeon doesn’t eliminate the importance of one-on-one interaction with a special collections librarian.  It streamlines communication between researchers and special collections staff, so we can provide enhanced customer service to our researchers. With Aeon, special collections staff will be able to communicate with researchers about their needs more accurately and promptly.


Special collections staff will continue to provide updated information about Aeon as the August 1, 2014 implementation date approaches. If you have questions about Aeon or would like to provide feedback on the upcoming changes, please email special collections staff at

For more information about Aeon systems, visit

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