Rare Books & Manuscripts Rules
Rules and Conditions of Access
All patrons must register and read the “Rules and Conditions of Access” on their first visit to the Rare Books and Manuscript Reading Room. An identification card must be presented to the desk attendant on each subsequent visit to the Reading Room.
All bags, backpacks, coats, purses, and other personal belongings are to be kept in the lockers just outside the Reading Room. Take only notepaper, laptops, or other approved items into the Reading Room.
Use only pencils in the Rare Books Reading Room. No pens or markers of any kind are allowed.
Of course, no food or beverage of any kind is allowed in the Reading Room.
Do not lay paper or cards on an object when writing notes. This practice leaves an impression that will shorten the life of the material.
Do not lay books open face down, or employ harmful bookmarks such as pencils, rulers, other books, etc. Broken spines and torn pages are the result of such treatment.
Do not remove photographs or documents from protective sleeves. You may be asked to use white cotton gloves to handle certain material. Please follow all Rare Books staff directives.
Photocopying and photography of materials from the collection is allowed under limited circumstances at the discretion of Reading Room staff. Please ask the desk attendant before photocopying or photographing any rare book or manuscript material. To help preserve the collections, no scanning by patrons is allowed.
No flash photography is allowed. Please turn off all shutter clicks, beeps, and other sounds to not disturb other patrons.
All photocopy, film, digital camera or other copies of materials from the collection are for private research purposes only. No reproduction, publication, or redistribution of any kind is allowed without written permission.
Bound materials may be photocopied only one page at a time regardless of the size of the item in order to reduce stress and damage on the binding. NEVER open materials flat on the photocopier. Ask the desk attendant for assistance.
Patrons must fill out a “Manuscript Photocopy Form” when photocopying or photographing manuscript materials.
Do not rearrange or otherwise disturb the physical state of any materials. Keep manuscript materials in their original order in folders.
Do not mark, erase, or alter rare materials in any way. Do not use post-it notes. Bookmarks are available from the desk attendant to be used to mark any item or page for future consultation or copying.
While material from these collections is in your hands, it is your responsibility. Please respect it and handle it with care. When in doubt, ask the desk attendant!