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Art & Architecture Library

Locked Stacks Collection

The Art & Architecture Library's Locked Stacks Collection is composed of rare and unique materials from the history of art, architecture, and design. Holdings include medieval manuscript facsimiles, midcentury photography books, avant-garde European art journals, artists' books, historical archaeological reports, Chinese stone rubbings, nineteenth-century travel narratives, drawing manuals, architectural treatises, and many, many others.

How to indentify a Locked Stacks item:
In SearchWorks, materials that are housed in the Locked Stacks list "Art & Architecture Library > Locked Stacks" as their location. A yellow checkmark signifies that they do not circulate.

How to request a Locked Stacks item:
As the name suggests, Locked Stacks items are not directly accessible to patrons. To view an item in this collection, bring the call number--including the size designation (Small, Medium, Large, or Oversize) listed in the SearchWorks record--to the circulation desk. A staff member will promptly retrieve the item and prepare it for viewing.

Using a Locked Stacks item:
The staff member who prepares the item for viewing will instruct you in proper handling. However, these general guidelines must always be followed:

  • No food or liquids may be kept in the viewing area.
  • Pens may not be used in the viewing area.
  • Bags and backpacks must be kept off of the viewing table.
  • Photography without flash is permitted.

Restricted items:
A small number of items in the Locked Stacks Collection have been designated as "Locked Stacks (restricted access)." They are labeled as such in SearchWorks. Restricted items require a librarian's permission and supervision for use; therefore they may not always be available for immediate viewing. You may contact Peter Blank or Anna Fishaut ahead of time if you have identified a restricted item that you wish to view.

Duplication by means other than photography without flash is permitted only at the discretion of the librarians. To inquire about copies and/or permission to publish, please contact Peter Blank, Head Librarian (

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