University of Georgia Libraries, Special Collections  

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Street Address
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Russell Special Collections Building
300 South Hull Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

U.S. Postal Address
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Russell Special Collections Building
Athens, Georgia 30602-1641

Telephone: 706-542-5788
Fax: 706-542-4144

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Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday CLOSED

We are closed on University Holidays as well. Visit the UGA Libraries Calendar for more information.

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The Russell Library and Russell Galleries are free and open to the public.


The Russell Library is located in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building located at 300 South Hull Street on the western edge of the University of Georgia campus.

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Disabled or Limited Mobility Access

All public areas of the Russell Special Collections Building are accessible to visitors with disabilities. Handicapped parking is available in the Hull Street Parking Deck, one block from the Russell Special Collections Building and in the Tate Center Parking Deck, located approximately 4 blocks from the Special Collections Building. Visit to view this parking deck on a map.

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Visitor parking is available in the Hull Street parking deck. Enter at the south entrance near Baxter Street and take a ticket. Before leaving the Special Collections Libraries, present your ticket at the security desk located in the lobby and sign for a token. There is no parking attendent so you must have a token to exit.

Please note: UGA faculty, staff, and students who have parking privileges elsewhere on campus will be ticketed if they utilize visitor parking in the Hull Street Deck.

Handicapped parking is located on Level 3 of the deck as well as a pedestrian bridge connecting the parking deck to the quad in front of the Special Collections Library.

Extra visitor parking is offered at the Tate Center Parking Deck for an hourly fee. The Tate Center Parking Deck is located one block south of the intersection of Baxter Street and South Lumpkin Street. See: Parking Locations and Fees. All University of Georgia affiliates must abide by parking regulations set forth by UGA Parking Services. For more information about visitor parking, please visit the Parking Services website or call 706-542-PARK (7275).

Bicycle Parking
Bike stands are available next to the Russell Special Collections Building.

Public Transportation

Access to the UGA Special Collections Libraries is via public transportation through UGA Campus Transit. The East-West Route makes stops by the building on both Waddell Street and Hull Street and runs from 6:30AM – 1:00AM. UGA buses on the Orbit and Family Housing routes can be accessed one block east at the corner of Lumpkin and Wray Streets. The Milledge Avenue bus can be accessed one block north of the Special Collections Libraries on the corner of Broad and Hull Streets.

Athens Transit has several bus stops near, but not adjacent to, the Special Collections Library. The stops are on Broad Street, Baxter Street, and Lumpkin Street. The Multi-Modal Transportation Center, where all Athens Transit buses stop, is located 0.8 miles from the building and is an estimated 15 minute walk.

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Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (Listing of Accommodations)
Georgia Center for Continuing Education -- Conference Center and Hotel

The Department of University Housing has a very limited number of apartments available for use by visiting scholars and other guests of the University of Georgia. For more info, please visit

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Research Visitor Information

Located in the Russell Library, the Reading Room serves visitors using
manuscripts, books, audiovisual materials, visual materials (photographs),
maps, artwork and graphic materials, and electronic records.

  • Access to the Russell Library is free and open to all.
  • Researchers may bring a laptop to conduct research.
  • Digital Cameras are not permitted in the research room.
  • Fees for photocopies are $.25 per page and are subject to
    restriction according to access policies of the Library.

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Exhibition Visitor Information

The Russell Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM and on Saturday from 1PM to 5PM. A regular tour of the Special Collections Libraries Galleries takes place every Tuesday at 2 P.M.; no reservation is required for this tour.

For information on scheduling group tours of the gallery space, please visit the Exhibits page.

The Harrison Feature Gallery is home to rotating exhibits that focus on specific themes or historical moments from the Russell Library's key collecting areas. The gallery rotates every six to twelve months, and the exhibition on display ties into ongoing programs and events.

Other galleries include the History Lives Showcase Gallery, Willson Media and Oral History Gallery, the re-created Office of Senator Richard B. Russell, and the Reflection Room. For more information on these spaces please visit our Permanent Galleries page.

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Group Tour Information
The Russell Library welcomes groups and school field trips. To schedule your visit, please complete a tour request form or call 706-542-5788. Two to four weeks advance notice is advised.

Events Visitor Information

The Russell Library offers public programs throughout the year in its facility and at other venues around the Athens area. To learn more about programs, visit the events calendar. The Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, a civic engagement program of the Russell Library offers monthly deliberative community forums on issues of public interest. Information about these forums is available on the Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia homepage.

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