Archives & Special Collections Reference Services

Contact Information

Phone: 480.965.4932


Luhrs Reading Room

The primary purpose for the preservation of unique and historical material is its subsequent use by students, scholars and others. The focal point for the use of our holdings is the Luhrs Reading Room, named in honor of the Luhrs family's contributions to the history of Phoenix and Arizona. The Luhrs Reading Room provides indexes, guides, computer databases, information retrieval services and personal reference assistance to our researchers.

We can be reached at (480) 965-4932.

Location and Hours

The Department of Archives and Special Collections office and the Arizona Collection, University Archives, Special Collections, the Benedict Visual Literacy Collection, the Child Drama Collection, and the Chicano Research Collection are located at the Luhrs Reading Room on Level 4 of the Charles Trumbull Hayden Library.

Current Luhrs Reading Room hours

Labriola National American Indian Data Center

Located on level 2 of Hayden Library, the Labriola Center is open Monday through Friday from 9-5, except during intersessions. Labriola materials can be retrieved to the Luhrs Reading Room when Labriola is not open. We can be reached at (480) 965-6490.

Design and the Arts Library - Special Collections & Archives

The Design and the Arts Library houses special collections of primary source materials related to architecture, planning, interior design, and industrial design. Materials from the Archival Drawings and Solar Energy Collections are open to the public and available for scholarly use. Collections contain textual material, drawings, and photographs.

Duplication of Materials

Photocopies, scans and photographs of materials in our collections are available for purchase. The Department may restrict or limit reproduction of its materials when they are endangered due to fragility or size. Click here for a complete list of duplication and delivery prices (pdf) and services.

New! Click here to find out how to use your camera phone or digital camera to make copies of our materials (pdf)!

Publication of materials from our collections is permitted (unless restricted by prior donor agreements), but obtaining permission to use materials from the owner of copyright is recommended and may be required by law. Please visit Publication and Creative Services to receive information on the copyright status of individual items and recommended citations.

E-Mail Reference

The Department of Archives and Manuscripts accepts reference questions via electronic mail. Turn around for e-mail reference will depend on the scope of the question and the time staff can take to provide the best researched response. Users will receive notification of their query within one working day whenever possible.