Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact?   

For assistance contact  / (860) 570-5031 or  / (860) 570-5068

When can I use the materials?

Materials are available when a Reference Librarian is available at the Reference Desk or you can make an appointment 

Can I visit if I am not affiliated with UConn? 

Yes.  The Library welcomes all researchers to use  materials after filling out a request form and presenting a valid photo ID

How do I find books in Special collections?

Materials can be found in the Law Library online catalog

May I go into the stacks to browse the shelves?

No.  Special Collections & Archives is a closed stack library and only library staff can enter the stacks.

How do I request to use materials in Special Collections?

You may request to view items in the Reference reading room by filling out a request form and the materials will be pulled for you.

How many items may I request?

You can request up to five (5) volumes from Special Collections and one (1) document box from Archives at a time

Can I check out materials from Archives & Special Collections?

Materials do not circulate and must be viewed in the Reference Reading Room.  The Usage Policy governs the use of materials in these collections

Will the Archives & Special Collections staff do research for me?

We will answer reference questions but will not perform extensive research

May I photocopy or photograph materials?

If the materials are stable we can do black & white copying or you may use your own film/digital camera.  We will not photocopy whole works or large quantities of manuscripts, and all copies are made at the discretion of the staff.

Will you scan materials from Special Collections materials?

We can scan pages from print materials owned by Law School Library but we can not scan entire books.  This free service is available to UConn faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students

Do I need permission to publish materials from Special Collection & Archives?

Yes.  Permission to view materials is not an authorization to publish from them.  A separate written request for permission to publish must be made identifying the items to be published.  Further permission to publish must be obtained from the owner(s) of the copyright.  Each researcher must assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as a result of use of materials.

How can I donate historical or archival materials?

Jocelyn Kennedy, Director for Library Services, will be happy to talk to you about your donation. The staff are not appraisers and professional appraisers and booksellers can evaluate your books and documents. The Law School is always seeking written recollections, photographs and other memorabilia as part of our efforts to have a comprehensive history of the school.