The Special Collections department collects and preserves rare and unique materials including rare books, oral histories, university archives, historical manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, art and artifacts. Students, faculty and the public are welcome to access collections and view special exhibits in our Fourth floor Reading Room.

Items from our collections are always on display in special collections. Visit the Reading Room to see our most current exhibit, or visit our digital exhibits on-line. 

The Special Collections department is the recipient of a 2014 Council of Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant. Find out more about this project on our project blog Discovering the Southwest Metroplex.

Search Finding Aids

Search the contents of our collections using this specialized discovery tool.


Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed December 15, 2016 - January 16, 2017) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed December 15, 2016 - January 16, 2017) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (The Saturday schedule will commence January 21st) Closed

Special Collections Events

This exhibit explores the works of soldiers and civilians, and the shift from the romanticized view of dying for one's country to the disillusionment of war.

Willis Library | 437
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:00am
On the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in the war, please join us for readings of poetry and prose written by American soldiers and civilians during World War I. Dr. Geoffrey Wawro, professor and Director of the Military History Center in the UNT Department of History, will facilitate discussion about the readings and provide insight into personal, political and environmental factors that may have inspired these writings.
Willis Library | 250H
Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm