About Special Collections

The Special Collections Reading Room is currently located on the third floor of Mullins Library in room 329 and open by appointment only. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Please note that the Reading Room is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.

Special Collections Research Services Temporary Policies and Procedures

Special Collections supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University of Arkansas by collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique and rare materials.

Special Collections is open to the public. We welcome all interested researchers to visit and use the collections. Learn more about doing research in Special Collections. Learn more about our division in our strategic plan.

Special Collections was created in 1967 to encourage research and writing in the history and culture of Arkansas and the surrounding region. Since then, our collections have grown to include architectural records, the personal papers of artists and musicians, historical records documenting the creation of the Fulbright program and international exchanges, as well as the University Archives, rare book collections, and much more. Learn more about the collections and explore our collection development policy.

Note: Many collections are stored offsite and require advance notice to access. To ensure materials are available for your use, please contact Special Collections two weeks in advance on your visit.

Location and Directions

Special Collections is located on the basement floor (Level 1) of Mullins Library. View a campus map.

Driving directions to the campus as well as parking information for visitors can be found on our visitors page. The closest public parking are metered spots near the Administration Building or in the Stadium Drive (Arkansas Union) Parking Garage (view a parking map for campus).