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Special Collections Center: Using the Collections

Contact Information

Questions? Just Ask!

Janelle Rebel
Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian
(941) 359-7583

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier
Digital Collections Assistant
(941) 309-4055

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How To Use the Center

  • First, make an appointment or drop by during open hours.
  • Wash hands.
  • Sign in at the check-in area.
  • Stow belongings and any food or drink in the check-in area.
  • Brainstorm keywords and concepts.
  • Search the catalogNeed assistance? Ask Center staff to help. 
  • Fill out a request slip to request materials or email item requests prior to visiting.
  • Engage--touch, see, explore.
  • Take notes with pencils or electronic devices--no inks.
  • Materials are for use within the Center and cannot be checked out. However, items can be set aside for a researcher to consult over multiple visits.
  • Not sure where to begin? Schedule a research consultation by contacting

Reproduction Guidelines

  • All duplication requests for scanning and photocopies are subject to copyright and fair use restrictions and condition of the materials. Readers may take digital photographs for research use.
  • For Rights information please contact the Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian.