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Special Collections and Archives is open! We have different hours and procedures to comply with Boise State University’s safety plan in response to COVID-19.  Contact with any questions.

Research: in-person

  • Hours: 10-3, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • By appointment only at least one day in advance, sign up via our calendar at or contact
    • We recommend setting up a virtual consultation prior to your visit to maximize your visit (see below)
    • We will try to accommodate in-person appointments on other days, contact
    • **To comply with safety and social distancing, we may not be able to accommodate walk-ins.
  • Three researchers at one time (Note: preference will be given to students for coursework)
  • For researchers without a Bronco ID, staff will make arrangements for access to the library building
  • Following the University’s guidelines, all researchers are required to wear a facial covering
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance
  • Any materials used will be quarantined for two days after use

Research: virtual

  • Staff are available for virtual consultation 10-4, Monday-Friday
  • To help with your research, we will:
    • meet with you virtually 
    • photograph folder/box contents to share with you
    • scan or digitize content as needed

Reading Room Rules

  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the reading room.
  • Only laptops, paper, and pencils may be taken into the reading room. Do not use ink.
  • Please leave backpacks/bookbags, coats, binders, purses, folders, and other personal materials in the space or lockers provided outside the reading room.
  • Please silence cell phones.
  • White gloves are provided for handling photographic materials.
  • Use of a digital camera or personal device to photograph materials is allowed.
    • Photographs taken are for private study only, and are meant to alleviate photocopying and supplement note taking, not to create a complete personal copy.
    • Staff may restrict photographs based on the physical condition of the materials, copyright law, donor stipulation, or other restrictions.
    • Researchers must consult staff for permission to use or publish.
  • Research materials must remain in the reading room at all times.
  • Only 1 box at a time is allowed on the table. Use only 1 folder at a time from the box.
  • Handle research materials carefully. Do not lean, write on, fold, or other actions that may cause damage.
  • Research materials are to be maintained in the order in which received. Please notify the staff if you discover any material that is out of order, missing, or damaged.
  • All reproductions are done by staff; reproductions may be prohibited due to donor restrictions, copyright law, or condition of the item(s).
  • Researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use or reproduce materials.


Albertsons Library, Special Collections and Archives offers scanning of select materials. Fees are subject to change.

  • Scans can be emailed, copied to a personal thumb drive, or sent file sharing sites such as Dropbox or Google Drive. A staff member may limit the transfer type.
  • Delivery time can vary based on quantity and availability of equipment.
  • Staff reserves the right to limit the number of scans per patron.
  • Staff will not scan items if it will cause damage to the material.
  • Researchers are responsible for complying with copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code).
  • Requests pertaining to athletics may need approval from Trademark Licensing and Enforcement, Office of General Counsel. There may be additional charges.
  • Each request for publishing is approved by the Head of Special Collections and Archives. Fees vary based on content and purpose for publishing. Please send all publish requests to with explanation of the project.
  • Taxes may apply to some requests.

Papers and Photographs
Reproduction services do not include permission to publish. A separate request is required.
Low-resolution PDF copy: $0.25 per page
High-resolution scan: $5.00 per image
Requests over 100 pages: additional $15/hour charge
Requests over 25 images: additional $15/hour charge
Staff will photocopy materials on a limited basis for $0.25 per page.

Audio-Visual Materials
Reproduction services do not include permission to publish. A separate request is required.
Reproductions may take up to one month to complete.
For all formats: $30 per hour of digitized material, pro-rated to the half-hour (e.g., if a video is 1 hr 30 min., then the cost would be $45.).
Some formats are not available for in-house reproduction. Upon request, patron incurs any outsourcing cost.

Boise State Faculty, Staff, Students: $10 free per academic year.

Copyright Notice

  • Copyright laws (Title 17, US Code) apply to all scans and copies.
  • Scanning may be limited by copyright and digital marks may be added to images.

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