Special Collections is used to describe our collections within the Library that are special, either because they refer to our geographic region, such as the Lower Rio Grande Valley Collection (LRGV) or Archives. Other reasons a collection may be special is because they were received as a complete collection, such as the Holman Collection, or because the books are rare and unique, such as our Rare Book and Special Materials Collection.
Brownsville: (956) 882-7968
Edinburg: (956) 665-2726
|Monday - Friday||8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||By appointment only|
|Monday - Thursday||8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
Hours may vary during the Summer, during Holidays, and between semesters. A complete listing of University Library Hours, with these schedule changes, may be found on the Library's webpage.
Brownsville Special Collections & Archives is located on the second floor of the Brownsville Library, in room 2.202. Edinburg Special Collections & Archives is located on the first floor of the Library to the left of the elevators, in room 1.104.
Anyone can come and use the materials in Special Collections. We welcome all researchers, students, faculty, genealogists, and anyone interested in local history or rare books.
Users should be aware that much of the Collection's holdings are valuable and unique and are therefore very expensive or impossible to replace. The Library staff will retrieve the requested materials. When reviewing the materials, please use pencils only, and if you take them home, keep them away from kids and pets! The staff reserves the right to inspect all backpacks, purses, and other personal articles before leaving the area.
|LRGV||c.1 (1st or only copy)||Library Use only|
|LRGV||c.2 and above (2nd or more copies)||Available for checkout|
|Rare||Books from the Rare Collection||Books may be viewed in Special Collections Room only|
Select materials can be checked out with a proper identification and a Library bar code. Currently enrolled students, or currently employed faculty or staff, have standard check-out privileges. All other patrons may check-out materials for two weeks. Members of the general public may obtain a public patron card for an annual fee. Visit the Circulation page for more complete information.
$1.00 per day
CAUTION: Because our books are unique and often irreplaceable, they have a higher fine than other Library books. Users are responsible for damage and replacement costs for Special Collection materials.