For information about access to Libraries’ services and collections during COVID-19 closures, please consult our COVID-19 Services FAQ.
What is the Silver Special Collections Library?
Special Collections houses the Vermont research collection and UVM’s rare books and archives. It is located on the second level of Billings Library.
When is the Silver Special Collections Library open?
During the academic year, Special Collections is open Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.
During the summer, Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm.
Please check for exceptions to the scheduled hours during intersessions, holidays and special events.
Who can use material in the Silver Special Collections Library?
Special Collections is open to all members of the UVM community. It is also open to the public.
Can I check out books and other materials from the Silver Special Collections Library?
You can only use Special Collections books and other materials in the Special Collections reading room. You may be able to make copies with department scanners or personal cameras.
Do I need to make an appointment to use materials located in the Silver Special Collections Library?
You do not need to make an appointment to use Special Collections materials or view exhibits when the department is open. However, most manuscript collections are stored off site, so researchers should check with Special Collections staff in advance, either by email or by calling 802-656-2138.
How do I connect to the UVM Guest wireless network?
To set up access to UVM GuestNet, navigate to the UVM Guest Accounts article from the University's Enterprise Technology Services Knowledge Base. There are two methods for connecting to UVM Guest: self-sponsored and sponsored. Self-sponsored accounts require the use of SMS (mobile phone with text messaging). For a sponsored account, you need a current UVM affiliate to complete the process. Please speak with a Special Collections librarian for assistance.