Our hours vary throughout the year.
Academic year, when classes are in session: Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Summer, when classes are in session: Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM
Between semesters or during breaks, when Waldo Library is open: by appointment
For appointments, please email or call 269/387-5221 at least one business day in advance.
Waldo Library's hours are listed at:
Class meetings and course-related activities involving Rare Book Room materials or projects are the first priority for use of the reading room or Meader room, so that research activities and reading room service may be maintained. Activities in the Edwin and Mary Meader Rare Book Room must pertain to and be within the educational goals of the University. They should in some way promote scholarly activities or the appreciation and love of books.
For further information, see the document Meader Room Policies and Fees linked from the box entitled "Scheduling Events or Meetings".
Class meetings can be scheduled in the Rare Book Room if the class will be consulting materials from the Special Collections and Rare Book Department. Classes may not be scheduled in the room simply because an instructor prefers the location. Instructors are expected to fill out an instructional request form at least 10 business days prior to their class meeting and to provide the staff with information about what they expect their students to gain from the visit so that the most appropriate materials can be selected and a session plan can be developed.
Rare Book room staff reserve the right to limit the number of books provided for examination per class period in order to preserve fragile items in the collections.
If you'd like more information about ways to use our materials in instruction, please consult the instruction page or email Susan Steuer.
All researchers are welcome to visit the Reading Room during open hours from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday during academic sessions. Researchers can also make appointments to make sure materials and staff will be available. Please contact us for further information at 269/387-5221.
Activities such as poetry or book readings, academic lectures by eminent researchers and receptions are accommodated when staffing allows. All requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For further information, consult the policies and fees document at the bottom of this box.