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special collections & university archives moving to a new home this summer

What is Special Collections?

This Library unit houses rare, fine, unique, and valuable books, periodicals, manuscripts, and documents which require preservation, security, and care in handling. Other valuable historical items, such as photographs, prints, postcards, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and oral histories, are also part of Special Collections. University Archives holds materials that document the history of San Diego State since it began as a Normal School in 1897.

Supporting student research

Moving Special Collections to the center of Love Library will make it visible and easily accessible to thousands of students. Inviting, large research spaces will meet the demand for this service and propel creativity and inspiration. The materials will be in one place, creating a research bonanza for faculty and students.

What is going on? 

Special Collections is moving from LA4410 to LL120.

When is this happening?

Special Collections will close its current location to the public starting Monday, May 20th. We plan to reopen in the new location on Monday, August 19th, the week before classes start. 

How can I access Special Collections? 

We apologize for the inconvenience. Our collections and services are in transition during the closure. Access will be very inconsistent during the next 1-2 months. Please direct your inquiries to Special Collections main email contact (askscua@sdsu.edu). Alternately, leave a message on the main phone line (619-594-6791).

Special Collections will accommodate research requests by appointment only
Appointments can be made for the following dates/times:
Wednesday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Please email askscua@sdsu.edu to schedule an appointment. 

What about online searches for Special Collections?

Information on Special Collections materials is still available in OneSearch and the Finding Aid Database.