The Library's Special Collections complement the resources of the general Library collections. They are acquired and maintained in support of the University's curriculum with emphasis on the natural resources, Native peoples, and primary industries of Northwestern California, including the history of Humboldt State University. Access to the collections is provided primarily through the Library's catalog and this webpage. Materials are available for use in the Humboldt Room by visiting scholars and the general public as well as HSU students, faculty and staff.
Location and Hours
Humboldt State University Library, 3rd Floor, Room 308
Arcata, CA 95521
Hours: Monday 1pm-7pm; Tuesday-Friday 1pm-4pm
Summer and Semester Breaks: Available by appointment only
Materials are to be used in the Humboldt Room. Duplicate copies of some books, including all HSU theses and many environmental documents, are located in the main collection: check the HSU Library Catalog for additional copies. If there are multiple copies of a title in the Humboldt Room, a staff member may grant a 3-week, non-renewable exception, depending on the condition and rarity of the item.
Materials may, at the discretion of the reference staff, be checked out of the Humboldt Room for photocopying. Prints of photographs and manuscripts may be obtained by filling out the application form and discussing the request with a Special Collections staff member. Requests to digitize materials, including maps, are handled similarly. Generally requests to photograph materials, including using a digital camera, are granted. The permission process starts with filling out the application form. This insures that both copyright and condition considerations are addressed before the materials are duplicated.
Donations of books, manuscripts, photographs, or maps that complement our collection strengths are encouraged. Monetary donations to support the acquisition, processing, and display of materials are very welcome. Please contact Joan Berman to discuss a potential donation. See also Giving to the Library.
Reference service is available when the room is open, and by appointment. Several card files and finding aids supplement access provided by the HSU Library Catalog and the Special Collections webpage. Telephone, mail, and email queries are accepted. Instructional sessions may be scheduled by consulting a staff member.
Special Collections Librarian
voice: (707) 826-4939
fax: (707) 826-3440
voice: (707) 826-5602
fax: (707) 826-3440