Examples of Instructional Sessions
The collections are used in a wide variety of ways. Examples of instructional sessions include, but are not limited, to:
- Presentations on Book Arts, Artists’ Books, and Graphic Arts and Fine Printing for students developing portfolios, book design, and graphic design
- Introduction to archival research (departments have included History, English, Ethnic Studies, Architecture)
- Curriculum support: class examination of primary sources on subjects in which the students are conducting research
Check-in procedures for participants
- All participants will be asked to leave personal belongings in the storage area at the entrance to the Reading Room. Please consult our Reading Room policies before your visit.
- Everyone must sign in on the class roster sheet supplied by the Reading Room Registration Desk.
Phone: (805) 756-2305
Special Collections & Archives offers a variety of services and resources for Cal Poly faculty desiring to introduce their students to archives and primary sources, individual or collaborative research projects, or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that utilize our collections.
Faculty are invited to explore topics with Special Collections staff and to consult our printed and online resources to learn about the scope of our collections and services.
Requesting an instructional session
To arrange a date and a time for an instructional session, please complete the following “Request a Class” form. The form must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks in advance (preferably the quarter prior to the course), in order to confirm the availability of the Reading Room and permit retrieval of materials from off-site storage.
Special Collections cannot guarantee a course visit without a reservation.
We will confirm the availability of Special Collections within 48 hours. Please do not assume that a request is confirmed without a telephone or email confirmation.