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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. 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.

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.

Are you visiting the Collections with a group, perhaps to view the current exhibit?

No appointment is necessary to view the current exhibit. Ask at the front desk for an interactive iPad exhibit guide. Exhibits change regularly; see the Exhibit Hall schedule page or call 325-2741 to learn more about the current exhibit.

Contact Carilyn Livesey, Outreach Coordinator, to schedule tours or book presentations. Tours are based on the current exhibit. Book presentations are devoted to any custom theme appropriate to the class or group (e.g., a specific discipline or field of science or a specific historical period). A recommended number for a tour is 2 to 35; for book presentations, up to 25. There is no charge, but our capacity is limited. Therefore, we recommend contacting us to arrange tours at least 2 weeks in advance. Up to a month advance notice is required for scheduling a book presentation. The most efficient way to schedule a tour or book presentation is to contact Carilyn Livesey by submitting the Event Request form.

Where to park?
There are two reliable places to park, one free that takes a few minutes longer, and one that costs several dollars. First, free parking is available at the Lloyd Noble parking lot on the south end of campus, just north of Hwy 9, between Chatauqua and Jenkins. Park on the north side of the Lloyd Noble arena, and catch a bus that shuttles back and forth every 5 minutes between Lloyd Noble and the south oval (at the center of campus). No ID is required to ride the shuttle bus; both the parking and the bus are free. When you get off the bus at the south oval you can’t miss the old wing of the library, which stands at the north end of the oval. Second, there is usually room to park for $1 per hour per vehicle in the Elm Street Parking Garage, located just south of Boyd on the west side of Elm St. You can see the west wing of the library, and the clock tower, from the Elm St. Parking Garage.

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

Still photos are allowed of the beautiful decorative screen and of items in lobby display cases. Ask someone to take a photo of you beside your favorite book or emblem in the screen as a memento of your visit. For high quality photos of the books, see our Online Galleries.

Video is not allowed in the History of Science Collections, except for group pans in front of the decorative screen.


  • 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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