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Researching at the Western History Collections

Virtual Research Assistance

Researchers can contact us to determine what materials might be available online for their topic or to request scans of collection materials. 

Onsite Research

Researchers: Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Please schedule

Pre-registration and consultation with a librarian are required before arrival.

Monnet Hall

Pre-Registration and Check-In

Pre-registration through the appointment process is required. When you arrive in Monnet Hall, take the stairs to Room 300 or press 5 in the elevator. The elevator is near the south entrance of the building. Stop at the reference desk, and check in with a photo ID. You will be asked to place your bags in the designated area. We have closed stacks (no browsing) and all materials will be brought by a staff member to your table for viewing.


Fees for copy and research services vary. Note: credit cards are not accepted. Payments must be by cash or check.

View copy fees for books, manuscripts and photographs on our policies page.


The Western History Collections does not loan books, manuscripts, or other materials for research. This means we are a "non-circulating" library. Contact the Western History Collections to view all books, manuscripts, photos, and other materials on site in our reading room in Monnet Hall, Room 300.


The WHC is located in Monnet Hall on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma. Monnet Hall (the former Law building), is directly to the west of Oklahoma Memorial Student Union. Access is provided in Room 300 (5th floor) of Monnet Hall.

Campus map


Visit OU Parking Services for campus parking options or to request a visitor parking pass online. The closest parking is the Oklahoma Memorial Union garage which is located to the northeast of Monnet Hall, on Asp Avenue. 


The south entrance to Monnet Hall is accessible by ramp and automatic opener. The elevator is located just inside this entrance. In the elevator, press 5 to go to the reading room.

Note: from the 5th floor elevator landing, the reading room is only accessible by five stair steps, not by elevator. Visitors who require access by elevator should contact the Western History Collections at 405-325-3641 for additional assistance.

An accessible restroom is available on the 5th floor.