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Q: Where is the Prange Collection located?

Q: When is it open?

Q: Can I take a tour of the Prange Collection?

Q: Do I need to make an appointment before my visit?

Q: Can I check out the materials from the Prange Collection?

Q: Can I discuss my research topics and/or the research methods with the Curator and/or the Manager?

Q: How can I use the microforms of the Prange Collection magazines and newspapers?

Q: May I see the originals newspaper or magazine articles?

Q: Can I bring my laptop into the Prange Collection?

Q: Is there a computer in the Prange Collection that visitors may use?

Q: Can I use my camera to take photos?

Q: When photographing the resources, are scanners or tripods permissible?

Q: How can I search the Prange Collection materials?

Q: How can I request the materials from the Prange Collection?

Q: How can I get to campus?

Q: Where can I park?

Q: What are my options for accommodations?

Q: Where is the Prange Collection located?

A. The Gordon W. Prange Collection is located on the 4th floor of Hornbake Library North.  Because the floor is closed to the public, you cannot exit the elevator on the 4th floor without assistance from a Prange Collection staff member.  Please take the elevator to the 3rd floor, take the stairs to the 4th floor, and ring the doorbell.  Or check in at the welcome desk on the first floor, and a Prange staff member will meet you in the lobby and escort you to the Prange Collection. 

The East Asia Collection is on the 4th floor of McKeldin Library.

Q. When is it open?

The Prange Collection is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Q.Can I take a tour of the Prange Collection?

A. Yes.  Please create a user account here and contact us at least 3 days in advance of the visit, and we will be happy to give you a tour of the Collection.

Q. Do I need to make an appointment before my visit?

A. Yes, researchers are required to create a user account and to contact the Curator or Manager of the Prange Collection at least 3 days in advance of the visit.  An appointment should be made a minimum of 3 days in advance of the visit.  You do not need to make an appointment for using the microforms of Prange Collection newspapers and magazines in the East Asia Collection on the 4th floor of McKeldin Library.

Q. Can I check out the materials from the Prange Collection?

A. Original Prange Collection materials are non-circulating and may only be used on-site in the Prange Collection.

Q. Can I discuss my research topics and/or the research methods with the Curator and/or the Manager?

A. Yes, please contact us.

Q. How can I use the microfilm of the Prange Collection newspapers and the microfiche of the Prange Collection magazines?

A. The microforms of the newspapers and magazines are available in the East Asia Collection on the 4th floor of McKeldin Library. You may print or download images to a personal USB drive from the microfilm readers in the East Asia Collection.

Q. May I see the original newspaper or magazine articles?

A. The original magazines and newspapers are rapidly deteriorating. We, therefore, limit access to them. However, if there are specific reasons for a request to see the originals (for example, the microfilms are unreadable), please contact us and the Curator or Manager will determine whether access will be given. If you find that the microfilms are unreadable, please send us a photocopy or PDF of the unreadable pages. 

Q. Can I bring my laptop into the Prange Collection?

A. Yes, you may bring your own laptop.  Consult with a staff member if you require Internet access.

Q. Is there a computer in the Prange Collection that visitors may use?

A. Yes, the Prange Collection has a computer available for users for research purposes only.

Q. Can I use my camera to take photos?

A. With the permission of the Curator or Manager, patrons may use personal cameras on-site to photograph original Prange materials.  Patrons should remember to bring a charger and a backup memory card for their camera.

Q. When photographing the resources, are scanners or tripods permissible?

A. We do not allow scanners that directly touch the resources.  For scanners that do not directly touch the resources, please contact us beforehand.  The Curator or the Manager may give permission.  Researchers are allowed to use tripods.

Q. How can I search the Prange Collection materials?

A. Visit our Search Tools page for information about locating Prange Collection materials.  If you don't find what you're looking for by using the Search Tools listed, contact us

Q. How can I request materials from the Prange Collection? 

A. All researchers using materials from the Prange Collection must create a user account here.   The account then allows researchers to request materials online before their visit.  The instructions for how to create an account and how to request the materials are available in these links.

Q. How can I get to campus?

A. See this page.

Q. Where can I park?

A. See this page.

Q. What are my options for accommodations?

A. See this page.