Special Collections Department

The Special Collections Department established in the mid-1970s to house rare books acquired by the library. In nearly thirty years Special Collections has grown to include the History of Aviation Collection, the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, the Louise B. Belsterling Botanical Library, various Unique Book Collections, and the University Archives.

The History of Aviation Collection is the largest section of the department, consisting of a world-class aeronautical archive and library. The Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library is an outstanding regional resource for both philatelic and postal history. The Louise B. Belsterling Library holds an extraordinary collection of rare botanical books, including the library's oldest volume.

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Important note to researchers:

As of today and for the duration of the summer and fall semester, research requests submitted to the History of Aviation Collection have a turnaround time of at least three to four weeks, due to events, renovation, and staffing.

For more information contact us at:
Phone: 972-883-2570
Email: [email protected]
Eugene McDermott Library,
Special Collections
800 West Campbell Road,
Richardson, TX 75083-0643,

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Second Saturday of the month: 9 AM - 1 PM or by appointment