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Plan your visit - Arts and Special Collections Research Center

Information for your visit


The Arts and Special Collections Research Center offers resources and spaces to support your research in the arts (music, art, theater, performance) and in all disciplines of rare and special collections.  This exciting blend of materials is your creative hub for inspiration, critical analysis, performance, and new scholarship.  Our team is ready to partner with you to help get your work started!

Where are we located?

            We are in Moody Memorial Library on the 3rd floor.  Check out the Contact Us page for our hours, locations, etc.

Know what you want to see?

Please use the Schedule a visit form.  Staff need time to pull materials and ensure we have a space in our reading room to accommodate you.

Just curious about what collections we have?

You can fill out the Schedule a visit form to start a conversation with us.  We can help brainstorm ideas for your visit whether you are working individually or have a group that would like to visit.

What to expect:

Once you arrive on Moody Library 3rd floor and come into the Arts Center, you will see a circular desk.  If you’ve scheduled a visit, we will meet you there.  Special Collections materials must be used in the reading room and cannot be checked out.  Staff will stay nearby while you work with materials to help answer questions.

Rare and unique materials housed in our collections have lasted several if not hundreds of years.  Our goal is to ensure they last long into the future for more generations to experience.  We balance this curatorial role with the need for relevancy and support for new research.  Your new ideas and scholarship help us provide additional context and meaning to these valuable objects.  You can help achieve these goals by following some simple steps.

For visitors:

  • Please make sure that your hands are clean before you handle any materials
  • Around the area you are working, you may bring paper, note cards, a pencil, phone, camera, laptop computer, ipad or other devices.  Other belongings will be stored nearby.
  • Food and drink are prohibited
  • Photographs are permitted.  Please do not use a flash.

Citing Materials and Copyright

If you plan to use primary source materials from the Arts and Special Collections Research Center, you may need to obtain permission from the library as well as the copyright holder (author or creator of the work or agent of that creator).

Baylor Libraries hold the copyright for only a small percentage of the copyrighted materials it owns. Library staff are unable to assist with obtaining copyright permissions. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status of the materials they wish to use and obtain permission.

For more copyright help, visit our Copyright research guide.

Please use the following format when citing materials from these collections:

[description of item (title, author, etc.)], [name of collection], Arts and Special Collections Research Center, Moody Memorial Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

For more citation help, visit our Citing Sources research guide.

Copy Requests

The Arts Center provides photocopying or digitization services subject to the physical condition of the materials and the copyright laws of the United States.

  • All photocopying or digitization is performed by library staff.

  • Requests for copies are considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Depending on the request, we reserve the right to charge a fee.

Users of these collections are expected to abide by all copyright laws. Copies may be provided for research use only.  Other uses may require the user to obtain the legally required permission from the copyright owner. In most instances, the Center is owner of the physical object only.

If you have questions, please email us:

University Libraries

One Bear Place #97148
Waco, TX 76798-7148

(254) 710-6702