Contact us – Visit

Update: We have begun a year-long renovation that will prepare us to launch a major exhibition in August, 2015, entitled Galileo’s World. Because of the renovation and preparations for Galileo’s World, we will not be able to offer tours or class visits until August, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope everyone will agree a year from now that the wait was worthwhile.

Researchers and students are still welcome and will be accommodated, although there may be more motion and noise than usual.

For access to materials from the 5th Floor collections (Bass Business, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and John & Mary Nichols), visit our new Special Collections Reading Room on the 4th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library (Rm 414; 325-2760).

See Introduction to the Collections for more information on using the Collections for research.

Is your question about….

  • Assistance for undergraduate research?
    Contact Dr. JoAnn Palmeri, Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator. For Office Hrs.
  • Galileo’s World?
    Contact Chelsea Julian, Galileo’s World Coordinator (beginning Aug 4).
  • K12 education or the OU Academy of the Lynx?
    Contact Brent Purkaple, OU Lynx Coordinator for K12 Education.
  • Assistance for visiting scholars or a Travel Fellowship?
    Contact Dr. JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator.
  • Edition Open Sources, whether submitting a book proposal or applying for a post-doctoral fellowship?
    Contact Dr. Melissa Rickman, Edition Open Sources Manager.
  • The availability of a book, instrument or artifact for study?
    Contact Dr. Melissa Rickman, Registrar.
  • Obtaining an image?
    Contact Hannah Johnson, Boutique Digitization Coordinator.
  • Holding a special event or requesting a presentation?
    Contact Hannah Johnson, HOS Events Coordinator.
  • Digital projects in the History of Science?
    Contact Barbara Laufersweiler, the OU Libraries DigiLab.
  • Rare materials conservation, book arts, instrument fabrication?
    Contact Sean Richards, OU Libraries Conservation Lab.
  • Donating books or contributing to acquisition funds?
    Contact Dr. Kerry Magruder, Curator, or Donate online.
  • General:

More specific requests:

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    Mailing address:
    History of Science Collections
    University of Oklahoma Libraries
    401 W. Brooks, BL 521
    Norman, OK 73019

    Directions: The History of Science Collections are located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library. The Library is in the heart of the main campus, between the south and north ovals. Enter Bizzell Memorial Library on the west side, near the clock tower visible from Elm St. The Circulation desk will be on your right. Take the elevators next to the Circulation desk to the 5th floor. When you step out, the History of Science Collections will be on your left. Ring the doorbell and the attendant at the front desk will remotely unlock the door – when the buzzer sounds, just pull the door open (you don’t need to turn the doorknob).

    Researchers: We encourage researchers to contact the Collections prior to visiting, particularly given the renovation now underway for the 2014-2015 academic year. The History of Science Collections complies with ACRL/SAA Joint Statement on Access to Research Materials in Archives and Special Collections Libraries. Users are required to follow access procedures and complete access forms during research visits. See the links under “Guides for Researchers” in the right margin of this page, particularly the OUHOS Researchers Introduction to the Collections. Researchers must present a valid photo I.D. (Student I.D., passport, U.S. driver’s license, etc.) and register with the Curator or Librarian before receiving vault items (we encourage researchers to schedule a registration appointment in advance). Most rare books and manuscript materials are paged to the Roller Reading Room, which provides a comfortable setting in which to work. Patrons should allow up to 24 hours for items to be paged; advance notice of desired materials is encouraged; contact the Registrar and/or the Research Coordinator for more information.

    Hours: Typical hours during the academic year when classes are in session are 9-7 Mon-Thurs, 9-5 Fridays, and noon to 4 on Saturdays. During summer and semester breaks, the Collections close at 5 and are not open on weekends. The Collections are closed during spring break. The Exhibit Hall closes at 4 p.m. except by arrangement, and is open on football home game days until kickoff.

    For questions or accommodations on the basis of disability, please call 405/325-2741.


    • If you have books or collections that you wish to donate, contact the Curator, Kerry Magruder, at 405/325-2741.
    • If you wish to make a monetary donation, donate online or make out checks to “University of Oklahoma Foundation” and write “Account #30140” in the memo field. Mail donations to the mailing address indicated above.

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