Special Collections connects researchers to information and images in the Library’s rare books and manuscript collections.
About Special CollectionsAccess to Collections
Because of the unique nature of Special Collections’ holdings, all materials must be viewed at NAL in the Special Collections Reading Room. Here is what researchers need to know about obtaining access to view materials in Special Collections.
Articles About Special Collections
Read about the unique collections from Special Collections featured in Agricultural Research.
Reference and Research Services
Special Collections staff answer questions and provide information services related to the Library’s rare books and manuscript collections. Learn more about how to use Special Collections’ reference and research services.
Photocopies and Reproductions
Read about obtaining reproductions of images and print materials from the collections in a variety of formats.
Permission to Publish
Find out how authors and publishers may request permission to reproduce or publish materials from Special Collections.
What types of materials does Special Collections accept, and how does a person donate items to the collections? Read about our collection development policy.
Learn about Special Collections programs to conserve historical materials.
Products and Ordering Information
Browse products featuring images from Special Collections materials, and find out how to purchase.