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Special access is required to use materials in the Research Library, Rare Book Collection, and Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.

Access is available for individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Former Dumbarton Oaks Fellow
  • Scholar holding a doctorate in those subjects collected at Dumbarton Oaks (or an MLA in Landscape Architecture)
  • Currently enrolled doctoral student who has satisfied all course requirements and is working on his or her dissertation
  • Spouse or partner of a current fellow who possesses appropriate academic qualifications in his or her own right
  • Other applicants, at the librarians’ discretion. Applicants should demonstrate a strong need for access by providing titles and call numbers of those books at Dumbarton Oaks that cannot be found in other D.C.-area libraries, such as the Library of Congress.

Submit the online form one week before your visit, along with a letter of reference, sent to, from an expert in your field. You do not need to submit a letter of reference if you are a former Dumbarton Oaks Fellow or if you are requesting a badge renewal.

First-time library users are required to have an appointment with security and an orientation with the reader services librarian. Appointments are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays (except federal holidays).

Request Type  Indicate whether you are requesting first-time access or badge renewal.
Reserve Shelf  Would you like a reserve shelf for your visit?