Teach with Special Collections & University Archives.


Class Visits
Bring your students in for a hands-on, collections-based learning experience. Effective visits rely on small group analysis of just a few items.

In-Classroom Demonstrations
Staff explain the research process and demonstrate search tools in your classroom.

Assignment Support
Work with us to welcome your students to the Special Collections & University Archives reading room on their own time. Collections can be kept “on hold” for a defined amount of time, or students can submit their own requests.

Require students to meet individually or in small groups with a librarian or archivist to discuss research strategies in-depth at specified points in their research process. 

Who We Serve

We welcome classes from UCR and beyond! We regularly provide instruction to students from other colleges / universities and from local K-12 schools. We can also provide hands-on learning experiences to groups of all ages through professional organizations, adult education courses, hobby/fan clubs, camps, community centers, and more.


  • Instruction Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
  • Class visits occur in a separate classroom space, not in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room.
  • Confirmation of requested times depends on staff and space availability. Evening and weekend requests may be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Instruction in Special Collections & University Archives is a collaborative process. Every class visit will be co-led by an Special Collections & University Archives librarian/archivist and the course instructor.
  • Every instruction session received a standard 10 – 15 minute introduction that covers a department overview and proper care and handling. Everything students need to know for the class visit will be covered during this time by the Special Collections & University Archives staff member.
  • Handouts created for instruction sessions by a Special Collections & University Archives librarian/archivist will be collected and reviewed by staff and then shared with the course instructor.

Class Visit Planning Process

  • Requests are received
  • Date/time is confirmed by the relevant Special Collections & University Archives staff member
  • Speak with an Special Collections & University Archives librarian/archivist to discuss goals and select relevant learning objectives
  • Share all relevant course materials with staff, including syllabus, assignment, etc.
  • Identify collections using the Special Collections Request System
  • Set the agenda, including:
    • Time breakdowns
    • Who leads what
    • Final document selection
    • Stations/physical layout
    • Hands-on activities and/or prompts
    • Wrap up

What to Expect

While care and handling will be covered, instructors can help prepare for a visit to Special Collections & University Archives by encouraging students to:

  • Login to the Special Collections Request System and create an account (UCR: use NetID and password)
  • Bring a pencil and a camera (cellphones are OK)
  • Finish all food, drinks, and gum before class starts

Rev. November 2017