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Hours and Contact Information



Beginning on 8/10/2020, the Special Collections reading room will be open by appointment only for current Augustana students, faculty, and staff.  Only one patron will be allowed in the reading room at a time.  Appointments may be requested for 1-hour slots between 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (5 p.m. during the fall semester when classes are in session) Monday-Friday.  To request an appointment, please email at least three business days in advance of your desired appointment time and provide as much detail as you can about which materials you would like to access.  

When arriving for an appointment, please wash your hands with soap and water immediately prior to entering the reading room and do not apply hand sanitizer after washing your hands.  You will be required to wear a mask the entire time you are in the reading room and we ask that you maintain a safe physical distance from the staff who are assisting you.  

Until further notice, Special Collections remains closed to members of the public, alumni, retired faculty/staff, and anyone who is not currently enrolled in Augustana College courses or actively employed by the college.  We will continue to provide assistance virtually to the best of our abilities and we ask for your patience and understanding as we adapt to our new circumstances.  Emailing us at continues to be the best way to communicate.  If you do not have access to email, you may call us at (309) 794-7643.



Regular hours: When classes are in session, the Ernest and Mary Belle Espelie Special Collections Reading Room is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  During academic breaks, the reading room is open Monday through Thursday from 1:00-4:30 p.m.  During the summer recess, the reading room is open by appointment only.

The Special Collections reading room is closed for all campus-wide holidays and closed in observance of the fall and winter Symposium Days and spring Celebration of Learning.  See for the current academic calendar.

To inquire about accessing materials outside of our open hours, please contact us well in advance of your planned research visit. Appointments are not available on weekday evenings or weekends.  Priority for private appointments will be given to current Augustana College students and faculty.

Contact Information

Special Collections welcomes inquiries about our materials, Augustana history, and topics related to our collections. You do not have to be a member of the Augustana community in order to use or inquire about our resources.

In person: Special Collections is located on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library. Walk-in visits to view items of interest are welcome. Our open hours are listed above.

By phone: (309) 794-7643

By e-mail:

By mail:
Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
Augustana College
639 38th St. 
Rock Island, IL 61201

Special Collections on social media:

    Special Collections on Flickr