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Archives & Special Collections

Prepare for your Visit: Home

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

Out of concern for the health of our patrons and staff, Archives and Special Collections’ reading room will be closed through June 30. Please contact us by email ( to schedule a visit. We are still available by email to respond to reference questions, and look forward to working with you virtually. And don’t forget you can explore images, interviews, newspapers, maps, and more via our Digital Collections and Oral History Center.

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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