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Special Collections

Special Collections Hours

Fall & Spring Terms
Monday - Friday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
extended hours
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

By appointment: Intersession, Summer Term, Winter Term and other hours


Phone: (410)-455-2353

Support Special Collections


For more information about the collections we hold, including highlights of the Photography Collections, Center for Biological Sciences Archives (CBSA), Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection, Joseph L. Arnold Maryland Collection, and Archives collections, please see our brochure. PDF

What is Special Collections?

The Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library &Gallery collects, houses, preserves, and makes accessible materials that are original, rare, unique, fragile, historical, and archival. Our diverse collections of rare books, photographs, manuscripts, archives and artifacts are available for research use by faculty, students, visiting scholars and the general public. All materials must be viewed on site in the reading room. A knowledgeable staff is available to assist researchers and to retrieve materials for study.

Copying services are available. Please see Rights &Reproductions for more information.

Searching for & Finding Special Collections materials

Books, and the following other materials can be found using the online Library Catalog (catalogusmai).

Use this catalog to find:
  • Photography books & serials (Bafford)
  • Science fiction books & serials (Rosenfeld)
  • Maryland history & serials (Arnold/Howard)
  • Artist books
  • Rare books
  • Alternative Press Center Collection
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Archives finding aids
Search for books in the Library's Special Collections


Photos, Archives (see description below), & Pop culture collections can be found using the Special Collections Search

Use this search to find:
Search for Manuscripts, Archives, Images, and more

Advanced Search

Online Digital Images & Documents can be found using the Digital Collections Search.

Use this search to find:
  • Digital images from our Photography Collection
  • Digital images from University Archives
  • Electronic theses and dissertations
  • The Retriever Weekly

Using Special Collections

Please click on the above link and read before visiting.
For policies, usage procedures, and services, watch our video about what to expect when visiting Special Collections.
Watch the Visiting Special Collections video
Have Questions?

Special Collections

Special Collections Home

Photography, Slides & Digital Images

Books, Serials Newspapers, & Alternative Press

UMBC Archives & Records

Regional Archives, Personal Papers & Literary Manuscripts

Center for Biological Sciences Archives

Popular Culture: Amateur Press, Comics, Pulp Fiction

Digital Collections

Online Exhibits

Special Exhibits

Rights & Reproductions

Special Collections & Primary Sources Resources

Special Collections Undergrad Research Award

Related Resources

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