Starting August 1, all researchers using Special Collections and University Archives, the Prange Collection, and Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland will need to create an online research account to use materials in the reading room. We know you will have questions about the new policy, and we are here to help!


On August 1, researchers can request materials directly from a finding aid or online catalog. You can do this online or in the reading room with the help of a librarian.

No more writing call numbers on scraps of paper,  forgetting the name of a collection once you get to the reading room, or trying to decipher messy research notes.  Requesting materials from special collections will be more accurate and easier. Some of the benefits include:

  • Request materials online from any computer.
  • Request materials when the reading room is closed.
  • Schedule your requests in advance so that materials are on hold when you arrive
  • Track the status of your requests to see when the request has been received, retrieved, or placed on hold.
  • No more surprises! Special collections staff will contact you in case of any problems with your request. And because you request materials directly from the finding aid or catalog record, you can verify that the material you requested is correct.

Starting Aug 1, you will notice a ‘Request from Special Collections’ link in our online catalog and finding aids. Below is an example of what the catalog record will look like:


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If you were interested in viewing this item, you would begin by clicking on the ‘Request from Special Collections’ link.   This will prompt you to log in to your account. Once logged in, you can verify their request and select what day you will visit the reading room:


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You will verify the call number, title, and other information for this item and click ‘Submit Request’.  It’s that easy! Once the request is submitted, it will appear in your account along with any other requests and their current status:


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If you are unsure how to request materials, or need some additional guidance, don’t worry.  Special collection staff in the reading room will be happy to walk you through the registration process, assist with requesting materials, and answer any other questions you may have.  In the meantime, we will continue to provide information about Aeon leading up to, and following the August 1 launch.

Until then, follow us @hornbakeLibrary on Twitter or sign up to follow Special Collections and University Archives on WordPress.

Have questions? Contact us

Larry David Aeon


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