Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty

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

  • 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

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    • The Bentley Rare Book Museum 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 with permission of the library staff
    • Students may be split into multiple groups that visit the Museum 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
  • We welcome the opportunity to work with faculty on actively engaging students with our materials. Please contact the curator with project concepts.

  • The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Museum are a resource for all members of the KSU and broader communities. Fill out the appointment form or email rarebooks.kennesaw.edu to discuss your research with the curator.

Students, Staff, and Community Members

  • The Bentley Rare Book Museum is free + open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no reservations required. To schedule an appointment to conduct research with materials in the collection, fill out the appointment form, including information on the purpose of your visit and how many people will be included.

  • The Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books hosts multiple exhibitions around campus. Bentley Rare Book Museum exhibits are displayed both downstairs in the museum space on the ground floor and in the Satellite Gallery, located on the second floor of the Sturgis Library. Check our Exhibitions page for more details.

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

  • The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Museum are a resource for all members of the KSU and broader communities. Fill out the appointment form or email rarebooks.kennesaw.edu to discuss your research with the curator.

External Researchers

  • The Bentley Rare Book Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Research visits are scheduled by appointment only. Fill out the appointment form or contact the curator to discuss your visit.

  • The collections of the Bentley Rare Book Museum 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 discuss your options.

 

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