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About Special Collection


  1. I am not a part of the Samford community, can I still use your collection?
    Yes. The Special Collection department is open to the public. Guests are welcome to use the collection at any time during its operating hours. The collection is open Monday - Thursday; 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  2. Can materials be checked out of Special Collection?
    No. Use of the materials in the collection is restricted to the department.
  3. Can I make photocopies of Special Collection materials?
    Yes. However, materials considered fragile may not be copied. Please ask a Special Collection staff member before making your photocopies.

  4. How much do photocopies cost?
    Photocopies and microfilm copies are $.10 a page. You must purchase a photocopy card to make photocopies. Copy cards are available for purchase by the Circulation Desk for a $1.

  5. Can I use my own camera to make a picture?
    Yes. However, please check with a Special Collection Staff member first.

  6. Can I search your collection online?
    Yes and No. Published materials in the collection have been included in the Samford Catalog. However, finding aids for manuscript materials are only available inside the collection.

  7. How do I find out what you have?
    Samford's Special Collection focuses on Alabama and Baptist materials. You can search the catalog to look for specific items or subjects. The Overview page will give you a brief introduction to the collection.

  8. If I cannot get to your library, how can I access your materials?
    Some materials on microfilm are available through Interlibrary Loan. This includes newspapers, church records, periodicals, pamphlets, and some family history. A Research Request may also be submitted.

  9. Will you look up information for me if I don't live in the area?
    Yes. As time permits, we will be happy to perform basic searches through our indexes and manuscript records. However, the department is not adequately staffed to fill in-depth research requests.

  10. Do you have biographies of previous students?
    No. However we do have information which the university has published such as yearbooks, catalogs, and student newspapers which may have student information in them.