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Account Guide for SCRC: Doing Research

Use this guide to learn how to register for an SCRC Researcher Account, schedule an appointment, request special collections materials for use in the Breckinridge Research Room, and order digital scans of special collections materials.

Planning Your Research Visit

The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center Research Room is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Appointments are recommended.

Planning your research visit is a two-step process:

  1. Schedule an appointment using the UK Libraries appointment system. Walk-ins are welcome.
  2. Request SCRC materials using one of the SCRC databases, the UK Libraries catalog, or directly through your SCRC Researcher Account. Most materials are stored off-site so we ask you to submit requests at least five business days prior to ensure availability.

Your Researcher Account

Anyone wishing to order digital scans, view SCRC materials, visit the Breckinridge Research Room for in-person use of materials, or use the Breckinridge Digital Studio must first create an SCRC Researcher Account.

Use your Researcher Account to request retrieval of SCRC materials so they are ready and waiting for you when you arrive for your appointment. Since most of our collections are stored off-site, we ask that you request materials at least five business days prior to ensure availability.

Your Researcher Account allows you to:


Historical Language Note

You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at