Visit the Research Library

Two shelves of bound volumes, dark blue with gold text, hold some of our magazine file items

The Samuel P. Hayes Research Library and Archives staff enjoy sharing our resources and unique collections. We have a small staff and a number of research visit requests, so we ask for your help in making sure you can get access to the best resources for your project or question.

If you are an educator or member of the public, please call or email in advance of your visit (to make sure a member of the library staff will be available) but you do not need to complete our research application form. Additional visit information is available on our FAQ page.


We ask all researchers who would like to use Archives material or do extended work in the Research Library to make an appointment at least 5 working days in advance of their visit and complete the application form described below.

Use of Archives materials requires the presence of a staff member, so we need a little time to make sure materials are ready for you and arrange staff schedules so that someone will be available throughout your visit. We encourage you to check with us before making any travel plans since many items are available online (or we can scan specific additional items.)

If you’re in the area unexpectedly, or are not sure of your plans, please get in touch as soon as you think you might be able to visit. We’ll do our best to accommodate you, but some items may not be available on short notice, or the available time for research may be limited.

Researchers are welcome in the library from 9am to 3:45pm Monday to Friday. We are closed on Perkins holidays.

Tell us about your research

When you know you would like to visit, please fill out our research application form (or send an email with the same information to

We help researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, and we're often aware of related material that may not be obvious from the catalog or finding aids. Our form asks for details so that we can make sure you can see the best items for your project, or direct you to additional sources of information.

Preparing to visit

After we receive your application, we will confirm the dates and times for your visit, ask any clarifying questions, and send you some additional practical information about your visit (parking, amenities on campus, and other things that make visiting easier.)

Before your visit, please review our specific policies for Archives materials. If your plans change, just email and let us know. If you find any other items you’d like to see as you look at our catalog or finding aids, please email with those as you find them so we can have them ready.

When you arrive

Please check in at the front desk of the Howe Building (the large building with the bell tower at the center of campus). Someone from the library staff will come meet you, and give you a brief overview of the building.

Once we get to the library, we’ll ask you to sign a registration form and show a photo ID. When that’s done, we’ll get you settled in our researcher workspace, confirm any specific scheduling for the day, and let you get to work.