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General Information

Advice for Visitors

We welcome your visit to the Department of Special Collections. To make your visit as time efficient and comfortable as possible, may we suggest that you:

Contact us to schedule your visit. While it is not generally required, if you know ahead of time what materials you would like to use, we will try to have your requested materials pulled so you can begin your research upon arrival. Finding aids for our manuscript and historical collections are provided on this site to help you refine your request as much as possible. Please note some of our materials are housed offsite and will require advance warning to pull for you.

Complete the Reader’s Registration Form and return it to us by fax, mail or email; or you may present it upon your arrival.

Bring only what you need. You may use a laptop, PDA, electronic tablet or pencil and paper in the Reading Room. Pens and hi-lighters are not allowed under any circumstances. No other material is allowed in the Reading Room without the permission of the Librarian of Special Collections. Lockers are provided to secure your personal items while you are doing your research.

Dress in layers. The Reading Room can be sometimes chilly and sometimes warm, regardless of the season.


Normal department business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of university holidays. Please see our blog for other possible closures.

The university observes the following holiday schedule:
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Thanksgiving break (fourth Thursday and Friday in November)
Christmas Eve (December 24) through New Year’s Day (January 1)

We highly recommend that individuals planning a trip to Tulsa confirm our hours for the dates they expect to be visiting.

Location of Special Collections

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives is located in McFarlin Library, 5th floor, Room 500.


We regret that, at present, the university does not have on-campus housing for visiting scholars. Visit the Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau or other online sources for accommodations and restaurants in the Tulsa area.