Handling Rare and Archives Collection Materials

Studying Rare and Archives Collection Materials at the Ingalls Library

Materials from the Rare Book Collection or the Museum Archives are studied in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) Reading Room, located in the Ingalls Library, under the supervision of library staff.

Readers wishing to study materials from the Archives or Rare Book Collection are encouraged to make an appointment in advance. It is usually possible to accommodate readers without appointments, but depending on staff availability and other appointments, same-day requests are not guaranteed. Furthermore, not all materials in the Archives are open to the public. By calling ahead, one can make certain whether the desired materials are available.

General Guidelines for Using the ASC Reading Room

1. Items allowed in the ASC Reading Room

  • Pencil and paper for note taking
  • Personal laptop or tablet computer for note taking
  • Purses, but they must be kept on the floor
  • Other books or reference materials, if necessary for studying the item(s)

2. Items NOT allowed in the ASC Reading Room

  • Pens, markers, highlighters, or any writing implement other than pencil
  • Post-It Notes or other self-adhesive flags or page markers
  • Bags, briefcases, or laptop bags
  • Food or beverages, including mints, gum, and cough drops
  • Coats, hats, scarves, or other loose articles of clothing

For a complete overview of applicable policies and procedures please consult the library's Guidelines on Studying Rare and Archives Collection Materials.