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Archives & Special Collections

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Hours, directions, and information about making an appointment in the Archives and Special Collections.

Today's Hours

Summer Hours

May 6 - August 16:
Monday - Friday   10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exceptions to Regular Hours

Hours Exceptions
Day Time
Monday, September 2 Closed
Wednesday, November 27 9:00 am - Noon
Thursday, November 28 Closed
Friday, November 29 Closed


Archives and Special Collections can only be open when Ekstrom Library is open and is closed on all University Holidays.

Before You Visit

The Archives and Special Collections is open to all students, scholars, and the general public. To ensure a smooth visit, we encourage researchers to take the following steps prior to their arrival:

  1. Search our online catalog to identify materials for research. Because some of our materials are not cataloged, you may wish to contact Archives and Special Collections prior to your visit to consult with our archivists about materials you may want to use during your visit.
  2. Register as a researcher and familiarize yourself with our use and personal digital camera policies.
  3. Submit a request for materials to be viewed in our research room. Requests will be retrieved after you have checked in.


When you are ready to visit the research room, remember that you must show current photo identification, such as a college/university/military ID, driver's license, or passport, on arrival. Lockers are available for personal items that are not permitted in the research room, and staff will be on hand to help you to safely handle collection materials and answer any questions.

Directions & Parking

The research room for Archives and Special Collections is in Ekstrom Library Room 17 (lower level).

The Speed Museum garage offers the most convenient parking location for visitors for a fee. The city offers metered parking along Third Street and other nearby streets. The University of Louisville has limited visitor parking available in its Floyd Street garage and other small lots as shown on the Belknap Campus map.

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