Special Collections and Archives is a little different from other spaces in the Library. In order to keep our rare and unique collections safeguarded and available to you and future researchers, please observe these guidelines.
Store your backpacks, bags, and other bulky items in lockers or designated areas.
Use pencils, laptops, and other electronic devices for your research in the Reading Room. Pencils are provided.
Store food and beverages in lockers or in areas designated by staff. These items are not allowed in the Reading Room.
Wash hands before beginning your research.
Be considerate of other researchers. Turn phones and other devices to silence or vibration mode. Cell phone conversations should be conducted outside of the department.
Handle unique and rare materials with care. Keep them flat on your table or in cradles provided by staff.
Use one box/one folder at a time. Order is important in archival collections. Please maintain it.
Request materials at least 30 minutes before closing.
Ask us about photographing, scanning, or copying. Not all items are suitable for reproduction.
Know we are here to answer questions about research, collections, and proper handling of materials.