Requesting Materials

Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is open for appointment for UO faculty, staff, and students only. You must have a confirmed appointment in order to access materials. 


All Special Collections and University Archives materials must be requested via the UO Libraries catalog. Researchers must request materials 5 business days before their intended research visit. You will receive an email notification when your requested materials are available for research.  Materials are kept on hold for 1 month.

Patron Account

Sign in to your patron account by clicking on "Sign in to LibrarySearch," or clicking the large green Sign in button.

Information on library accounts for UO and non-UO researchers can be found on our registration page.

If you are a UO-affiliated user, click the top option and sign in with your Duck ID credentials.

If you are a non-UO registered user (includes Oregon Card), click the registered guest borrowers option, and sign in with your Library ID credentials.

If you have successfully logged in, you will see your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Requesting Items

If you are requesting a book, click on the Request UO item link under request options.

If you are requesting boxes from a collection, the Request UO Item link will be beside the box number. You must request each box individually.

The catalog record contains a link to each collection's finding aid. See "Connect to the online finding aid for this collection". This will open up the collection guide (or finding aid) from our collections database. This link is useful to for identifying the contents of specific boxes.

Finalizing A Request

In the comment field, please indicate your intended research visit date(s). It is not necessary to complete the "not needed after" section. Complete your request by clicking the Request button. You will receive a notification through email when the materials are available for research.