Rare and Distinctive Collections (RaD) includes Special Collections, Archives, the Government Information Library, and the Map Library. Most of the information on this page relates to Special Collections and Archives. For more info on the other two collections, see the pages below:
Government Information Library webpage
Map Library webpage

Collections

Discover our materials and view a list of collection highlights.

Visiting Us

Everyone is welcome in the reading room to access our materials. Learn more about visiting here.

Instruction and Tours

Learn more about classroom instruction sessions and tours using our primary sources.

Exhibits

Explore virtual exhibits that highlight our unique collections.

Resources and Guides

Selected resources for using and discovering archival materials and special collections. Includes general guides as well as those for specific courses.

About Us

Learn more about our mission and our preservation unit. 

Update
The Rare and Distinctive Collections Reading Room in Norlin Library will be closed to researchers until further notice due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19. More information below.

Please Note: The Rare and Distinctive Collections Reading Room in Norlin Library will be closed until further notice due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19.

  • Contact sca@colorado.edu with questions regarding RaD collections and services.
  • We may take longer than usual to reply to email reference requests, as our staff are onsite for limited hours each week. We can fulfill PDF reproduction orders in limited quantities with priority given to CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students. Very limited photocopy or other digital reproduction orders can be fulfilled at this time.
  • We may also take longer than usual to reply to email reference requests.  

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation. You may find regular updates about the campus response to coronavirus and ways to protect yourself at colorado.edu/coronavirus.

Give to SCAP

Please Note: The Rare and Distinctive Collections at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries cannot accept most new donations to our collections until further notice, due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19.  For more information about donating to Rare and Distinctive Collections, please contact sca@colorado.edu.

About our Preservation Unit

For more information or general inquiries, please contact us at sca@colorado.edu. We can also be reached by phone Monday - Friday, 11a - 4p, at 303-492-2834.