Frequently Asked Questions


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Faculty


Can I bring my class to the Bentley Rare Book Gallery?

Faculty are welcome to schedule an instruction session with the curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery. The curator will work with you to determine the most appropriate venue and materials with which to instruct your students.

What does an instruction session cover?

Instruction typically covers:

  • Methods of searching for rare materials
  • The concept of the book as a physical object
  • Interesting aspects of early printed and modern books pertinent to the field of study
  • The incorporation of rare materials into student research
  • The use of collection materials to illustrate the history of readership
Please contact the curator to discuss specific learning objectives and course topics.

How many students does the Bentley Rare Book Gallery accommodate?

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery is a small learning space. No more than twenty-five students can be accommodated at once. If your class is larger than twenty-five, there are several options available:

  • Classes of between twenty-five and thirty-five may use a Library classroom
  • Students may be split into multiple groups that visit the Gallery during consecutive class sessions or consecutive increments of a single class session
  • The curator may visit large groups in their designated classroom space, utilizing teaching collections and digital materials to reach learning objectives

How do I find out more about collection holdings?

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery collection is fully searchable through the Library catalog. Please contact the curator if you have any additional questions on collection pieces, or how they may be incoporated into your curriculum.

Can I create an assignment or course projects in conjunction with my class visit?

We welcome the opportunity to work with faculty on actively engaging students with our materials. Please contact the curator with project concepts.

Are the collections available for my personal research?

The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery are a resource for all members of the KSU and broader communities. Fill out the appointment form or stop by the offices of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery on the second floor of the Sturgis Library to discuss your research with the curator.

Students, Staff, and Community Members


I want to visit the Gallery, how do I schedule an appointment?

Students, staff, and the public are welcome to visit the Bentley Rare Book Gallery; however, priority is given to those conducting research with the collection. Fill out the appointment form, including information on the purpose of your visit and how many people will be included.

Do you have any exhibits or ways to visit without scheduling ahead of time?

The Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books hosts multiple exhibitions around campus. Bentley Rare Book Gallery exhibits are displayed in the Athenaeum Gallery, located on the second floor of the Sturgis Library. Check our Exhibitions page for more details.

In addition, the Zuckerman Museum of Art and Museum of History and Holocaust Education have regular hours during which anyone may visit.

Are the collections available for my personal research?

The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery are a resource for all members of the KSU and broader communities. Fill out the appointment form or stop by the offices of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery on the second floor of the Sturgis Library to discuss your research with the curator.

External Researchers


The Bentley Rare Book Gallery holds a piece I would like to research. What do I do next?

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments outside of these hours will be considered on a case by case basis. Fill out the appointment form or contact the curator to discuss your visit.

I do not live in the region. Is there any way to have the material sent through Interlibrary Loan or copied?

The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery do not circulate; however, depending on the condition of the materials, a limited number of reproductions may be made for research purposes. Contact the curator to disucss your options.

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