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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm closed closed

Special Collections Events

This Special Collections exhibit will introduce you to some of these interesting new items, and show off the amazing variety of our holdings.

Willis Library | Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, Room 437
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, August 10, 2018 - 5:00pm

The purpose of the competition and exhibition is to encourage developing student’s work in the medium of Artists’ Books, to foster the creation of Artists’ Books, reward excellence and creativity in the medium of Artists’ Books, and to build the collection of Artists’ Books in UNT Special Collections.

Willis Library | Willis Library Forum
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:00pm