Use of Materials                                                                            

  • Researchers are required to register each time they enter the Research Library. By signing the register you indicate an understanding of the regulations and a willingness to abide by them.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking in Research Library.
  • Briefcases, backpacks, lap top cases and other bags are not permitted on any surface where research is being conduct. Items should be closed and placed in the entry way lockers or shelving units.
  • Library and archival material does not circulate.
  • Only pencils may be used in the Research Library and will be provided if needed. To prevent permanent marking of research materials, the use of any kind of pen is prohibited.
  • Researchers are asked to wash hands with soap and water before handling archival research materials. Facilities are located on the lower level.
  • Writing on papers placed on top of research materials is prohibited.
  • Duplication services are available for a fee.
  • Digital cameras are allowed in the reading room for reference purposes only.
  • In handling maps, manuscripts, printed materials, and photographs researchers should only touch the edges of the paper.
  • Do not change the order in which a collection has been filed. If this occurs by accident, please inform the reference staff.
  • Some manuscripts and archival collections have restricted access. Researchers must comply with the terms of any restriction placed on manuscripts/records.
  • The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel and literary property rights, which may be involved in his/her use of manuscripts and other records.
  • Loud talking and actions likely to disturb other researchers are prohibited in the reading room. Extended conferences with fellow researchers should be held outside the reading room.
  • DO NOT RESHELVE REFERENCE MATERIALS. When you have completed your research, please leave all research materials on the table.
  • Removal of archival materials or reference materials from the library without permission constitutes theft under the law.
  • The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.