Guidelines for Class Visits

To Special Collections

The Special Collections Department welcomes class visits from any school in the region. Our collection contains a wide variety of resources that might be useful to supplement a social science curriculum or a specific research project. Further, staff can provide research training and assistance to school groups to maximize the experience. If you would like to bring your class to Special Collections (Washingtoniana, Peabody and/or Black Studies):

  • We ask that you inform our staff at least one week, preferably two, in advance;
  • Please provide a detailed description of what the project is and what kind of resources you intend to use (books, maps, clippings files, etc.) so we can pull them in advance;
  • The maximum group we can accommodate at one time is 15 to 20 (preferably 15). Groups larger than this may be split into separate visits.

A special appointment is needed if your group is interested in viewing the historic image collection or Star newspaper photograph collection. Speak with the librarian about this when scheduling your overall visit.  

In addition, it is useful for students to be oriented to the collection before being sent here to do research independently. Students are much more productive when they have been acclimated to the equipment, rules, and culture of a special collection.

We also provide access to research databases that are useful resources for class projects or general curriculum. We can provide training on the use of the databases at your request.

To schedule a class visit, contact wash.dcpl@dc.gov. A librarian will respond to you shortly.

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