Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program

Visiting the Polar Archives

Both photographs and manuscripts are available for use in the Polar Archives' reference room during the hours of 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Polar Archives is closed during University holidays. Hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm that the reference room will be open.

Planning Your Visit

Visitors are encouraged to call in advance. This enables staff to assemble the materials before you arrive and render your visit more efficient.

A few things to know before visiting the archives:

  • We provide photocopying and other reproduction services for both on and off site patrons (see Our Services for a complete fee schedule). 
  • Our collections do not circulate and must be used at the Archives. However, campus units can borrow back materials they have transferred to the archives.

Photocopying Policy

All photocopying is done by staff due to the uniqueness and condition of the material. The staff member will provide instructions for tagging pages to be photocopied. Researchers assume responsibility for compliance with U.S. copyright laws. See Our Services for a complete fee schedule.

Parking and Travel

  • We have metered parking spaces available for patrons without a University parking pass. An all-day parking pass can also be purchased for those who plan to spend more time doing research. We can provide change in exchange for cash, if needed. For additional information about parking, contact CampusParc.
  • If you are traveling from out of town, please visit OSU's Stay and Dine page for hotel information.