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As a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries has suspended normal operations until further notice in compliance with guidelines issued by Syracuse University. We are offering limited reference services via email at and regret that we are unable to schedule visits or provide our duplication and permissions services. Thank you for your patience. Please monitor, Syracuse University’s official source of all information regarding COVID-19, for further updates regarding University operations.


SCRC is free and open to Syracuse University students, faculty and staff, and visiting researchers. Access to our collections is provided in our reading room, which is located on the 6th floor of Syracuse University’s Bird Library.

Arranging Your Visit

Interested in scheduling a visit? Please request a visit online using our Visit Request Form.

Note: SCRC recommends making your appointment two weeks in advance for use of manuscript collections as most of our collections are housed off-site.

Visit Policies

SCRC recommends all researchers review our visit policies prior to their arrival. Read our Visitor Policies.

Handling Guidelines

Our collections require special care and handling.
Read an overview of the Handling Guidelines [PDF].



Syracuse University is east of Exit 18 from Interstate Route 81 (north-south), which links with the NYS Thruway (Route 90, east-west). Use Google Maps or  go to Yahoo! Local Maps for directions. View Campus Maps.

SCRC is located on the 6th floor of Bird Library, at the south end of Walnut Park on Waverly Avenue.

Our physical address is:
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse NY 13244-2010


Metered parking is available on nearby streets. Pay parking is available in the Booth Garage at the corner of Waverly and Comstock Avenues, in the University Ave Garage at the corners of University Avenue and East Adams and Harrison Streets, or in the Sheraton Hotel parking garage at the corner of University and Waverly Avenues. Please visit Syracuse University's Parking and Transit Services' Visitor and Guest ParkingParking Maps, and Parking Directions web pages for more information.


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