Library's Special Collections Department Extends Operating Hours
To Increase Accessibility
1, 1999 -- Would you like to see . . .
of the 25 surviving copies of the first printing of the Declaration
leaf from the Gutenberg Bible? ¥ Thomas Jefferson's drawings of
the University of Virginia's Rotunda?
manuscript of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"?
medieval manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries?
manuscript of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"?
proof copy of Diderot's "Encyclopedie"?
of the earliest printed atlases, Ptolemy's "Cosmographia," published
Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia's Alderman
Library is making these and other rare items more accessible by
extending its hours of service to include weekday evenings. Beginning
March 22, the department will be open Monday through Thursday from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These
extended hours will be in effect during the fall and spring semesters
when classes are in session.
lucky at U.Va. to have a library that cares as much about serving
the community as about preserving the rare materials entrusted to
it," says Stephen Railton, professor of English at U.Va. and a frequent
user of Special Collections. "I plan to take advantage of the extended
hours in two ways -- it will make it easier for me to do my research,
and I'll also be able to ask students to spend more time with special
resources like the American literature in the Barrett Collection."
Putting itself once again on the forefront of library services,
the Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia
is one of only a handful of special collections in the country that
offer evening hours.
Heather Moore, head of public services for Special Collections at
(804) 924-4966 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more
information about the services offered by Special Collections.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.