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.


Plan Your Visit

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).


Find more information and details about the following Special Collections at the Burke Library:

Reprography and Copyright

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

Digitization and copying services can be found through the Preservation & Digital Conversion Division.