Department of Special Collections

Washington University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections is open to the public and welcomes researchers from both on campus and off. An active program of class visits, exhibitions, workshops, and public events highlight the Department’s vital role in scholarship at Washington University and beyond.

Holiday Hours

Washington University Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Construction at Olin Library – 2017

Any researchers wishing to visit or access Special Collections during the Summer or Fall semester of 2017 are highly encouraged to contact Special Collections in advance to arrange their visit. Due to construction and preparing the collections to be moved extra time may be needed to fulfill researcher’s requests. Some collections may be temporarily unavailable during this time. For changes to parking on Washington University’s campus, see the information under Directions on our Research & Access page. Please contact us to arrange your visit.



Campus Construction: Then and Now

By Rose Miyatsu on January 16, 2018

The spring semester has officially begun, and as you have undoubtedly noticed, construction at the front end of campus continues on. One of the fun...

WashU at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

By Cassie on December 21, 2017

On December 9th, Washington University Libraries partnered with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a collaborative event inspired by the current exhi...