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About Special Collections & Archives

Information about Berea College Special Collections & Archives

Planning Your Research Visit

Welcome to Special Collections and Archives! We are located on the lower level of Hutchins Library on the Berea College campus.

  • The Special Collections and Archives (SCA) reading room is open by appointment only. Please use this link to schedule an appointment. If you do not feel well on your appointment day, please re-schedule for another day.​​
  • Reading Room occupancy will be limited to allow for social distancing. No more than four work tables may be occupied by researchers at the same time. Only one person will be seated at each table. Two persons may share a table if one is an accommodation assistant to the other.
  • Readers and staff members will wear masks and maintain distance in each other’s company.
  • Please wash your hands before beginning your research appointment. Public restrooms are located in the center of the SCA (lower) level of Hutchins Library.
  • If pencils are needed for note taking, new pencils will be provided by SCA staff. To prevent sharing, please take the pencil with you when you leave. Ink pens may not be used in the reading room.
  • Please be prepared to take pictures, without flash, on your own device. This will reduce the handling of materials by multiple persons in succession. Portable scanners, iPads, cameras, and camera phones are welcome.

DIRECTIONS: If you require assistance or have difficulty locating us, please call 859-985-3262.

  • From I-75 take exit #76 and head east into Berea on Chestnut St. for approximately one mile until you reach the campus; 
  • Turn LEFT at Ellipse St. (Stoplight #7);
  • Turn immediately RIGHT onto Campus Drive. 
  • Parking for Hutchins Library is on Campus Drive with a visitors’ permit. Please note there is a significant incline when walking from the parking lot to the front entrance of Hutchins Library. There is also un-metered 2-hour parking on Chestnut Street, which does not involve the climb.

PARKING PERMITS:  Visitors’ Parking Permits are available through PUBLIC SAFETY.  For directions and instructions, call 859-985-3333.

CAMPUS MAP: Follow this link to view or print a Berea College campus map.