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Sign up for SCL account

Create an account: Visit our Researcher Registration page, click on “Learn more and register” just above the login section and complete the registration form.

Request SCL materials

Use Library Search and The Claremont Colleges Digital Library/CCDL to find and request Special Collections materials.

Reading Room policy

The Special Collections Reading Room, located on the second floor of The Claremont Colleges Library adjacent to the North Lobby, is where you have access to the collections for study and research and also to our expert staff who can assist you and answer any questions you might have.

  • Same day requests for materials are accepted, though longer delays are possible for some materials.
  • We’re happy to place materials on hold/reserve for up to one semester by request.
  • Feel free to bring your laptop and/or a camera; in the Reading Room we have a rare book scanner for you to make personal research copies of materials, with staff approval, at no cost.

All Special Collections materials should be handled with extra care, and users must

  • Use pencils only; no ink, please. Pencils are available if you do not have one.
  • Consult one folder or item at a time.
  • Folders of materials must be kept flat on a reading table. Bound volumes must be supported in a cradle (provided). Book weights should be used to hold bound volumes open. Do not lean on materials, mark them, or take notes on top of them.
  • Turn pages gently.
  • Keep any loose material in the order in which you find it.
  • Report any mis-arrangements, mutilations, or unopened leaves.
  • Stow computer bags, backpacks, and purses on the shelves provided
  • Comply with a staff member’s directions regarding wearing cotton gloves for handling fragile items such as photographic prints and medieval manuscripts.

There is no eating or drinking, including water bottles and travel mugs, in the reading room.

Research Fellowships

The Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections currently has one research fellowship available:

The Roland Jackson Memorial Music Research Fellowship is open to researchers pursuing a project, the main subject focus of which is represented in the Roland Jackson Collection–performance practice, early music, 19th-century music, film music, and computer music studies–and whose research would benefit from on-site access to materials housed in Special Collections.  Current application deadline is:  June 30, 2019.  For more information and how to apply:  Roland Jackson Memorial Music Research Fellowship

Make a research appointment

While not required, research appointments are encouraged.

Schedule an Appointment
Request copies
  • Make your own digital copies at no cost in the Reading Room:
    • Non-flash photography with phones, personal devices, and cameras–with permission.
    • A high-quality rare book scanner is available, first come-first served, in the Reading Room.
  • We cannot fill requests for copying materials that are too fragile.
  • Please review Copyright & Permissions below before making your request.We reserve the right to limit the number of copies made; to restrict the use of rare and valuable items; and to deny a request because of copyright regulations, privacy rights, donor-imposed regulations, or other rights related issues.
  • Make a request for copies through our Researcher Registration page.
    • Enter the item details, desired file type, delivery type, and service method.
    • Be sure to complete these sections, otherwise your order will be delayed.
  • Copy services are free to students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges.
  • Fees are charged by the page or hourly depending on the size and format of your order.
  • We accept payment by credit cards only.  No checks or cash.
  • Prepayment is required for all orders.
  • $5.00 minimum fee.
  • $100.00 commercial use fee.
  • A 25% handling charge will be added to large, complicated, or rush orders.


  • PDF: 25 cents per scan
  • JPEG: $1.00 per image
  • TIFF: $1.00 per image
  • All file types are available in Color or Black & White
  • For large scanning jobs:
    • $15.00 per hour
    • Billed in whole hours, with 1 hour minimum


  • On-site: 25 cents per sheet
  • U.S. Mail: 35 cents per sheet (plus shipping)
  • Due to copyright restrictions, only 10% of a book, pamphlet, brochure, newspaper, or folder may be duplicated


  • $15.00 per hour
  • Billed in whole hours, with a 1 hour minimum
  • Most oversized materials must be photographed


  • Downloadable File:
    • Free — access through your Researcher Registration account
  • Hardcopy discs:
    • $1.00 disc fee
    • $3.00 shipping
  • Photocopies:
    • Domestic and International shipping available
    • Shipping cost varies by order

Use the following citation as a model when using Special Collections  materials/quotations in your research:

  • Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.
  • Include the collection name when citing materials from specific collections, for example:
    • War Relocation Authority Records, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.
Request an instruction session for your class/group

Here are some of the ways Special Collections staff can support your teaching and your students’ research:

  • Consult with you to develop assignments that allow your students to engage with and take advantage of relevant Special Collections sources in their course work. We have examples of assignments that have been successful with classes, and we are happy to work with you to adapt those or to create something new just for your students.
  • Introduce students to the collections, research tools, and services available to them from Special Collections and engage students in finding and using primary source materials for their research assignments.
  • Host your class in the Special Collections Reading Room or in the library’s Keck Classroom to view and engage with selected sources relevant for your course topic.
  • Create customized guides to relevant sources in our collections. See Classes, Exhibits, and Events.

Request an instruction session for your class/group at least two (2) weeks prior to the instruction session. Please contact Ashley Larson, our Public Services Librarian, with any questions or special requests.

We welcome visits by community groups and are happy to prepare presentations for them.

Developed collaboratively by librarians in Special Collections and in the Research, Teaching, & Learning Services division, the process research sequence moves students through multiple steps in a research process.

  1. Examine relevant physical primary sources in Special Collections to understand their “stories” and their unique contributions to research.
  2. Find and use additional physical and digital primary sources that expand understanding of the topic within its historical/cultural milieu.
  3. Develop research questions based on exploration of the primary sources.
  4. Explore secondary sources to discover issues raised in various scholarly conversations.
  5. Consider questions of interest for further research.

Materials for the sequence are selected to fit the focus of the course. Originally developed as a two-part series for graduate students, librarians have adapted the sequence to work with classes at all levels. Please let us know if you are interested in adapting this sequence for your class(es).

Explore themed guides and checklists that we have created for classes, exhibitions, and events. These thematic bibliographies provide glimpses into the breadth and depth of rare and unique collections that are available for your instruction session in Special Collections.