Special Collections

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary provides access to rare books, manuscripts, and archives. We welcome use of the materials by faculty, students, and staff of the Union Theological Seminary and Columbia community, and by visiting researchers.

To access materials from the special collections please fill out our Special Collections Request Form. Please note that at least 1 business day's notice is required for processing requests. If you are planning on traveling to conduct research, please fill out and submit the request form as far in advance as possible to ensure our ability to accommodate your visit.

Research visits can only be accommodated during the Special Collections Reading Room open hours:

Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-4:30pm (with the exception of holidays as indicated on the library calendar).

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on floor L3 of the Library, adjacent to the Main Reading Room.

For more information about our Rare Books & Manuscripts please visit our site here.

For more information about our Archives please visit our site here.

Reprography and Copyright
Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.