Handling Materials: We ask that you adhere to the following procedures when handling materials in the Special Collections Reading Room:
- Pens are not permitted when using materials. Pencils only, please.
- Smoking, beverages, and food (including gum) are not allowed.
- Frequent washing of hands is advised. Facilities are located just inside the main library entrance.
- Open one folder at a time. Records that appear to be out of order should not be rearranged, but should be brought to the attention of a staff member. Do not shift contents between folders.
- Please exercise all possible care in handling materials. All items should be kept flat and fully supported. They must not be leaned on, written on, traced, torn, or handled in such a way as to cause damage. Bound materials should never be forced to lie flat or open.
- Materials should not be folded or bent. Do not "dog ear" papers, or use paperclips or other items to mark the material. Use only the acid-free bookmarks provided.
- Do not alter any materials, nor mark on or erase any markings. Please bring to the attention of the staff any markings you find.
- Fragile or exceptionally rare materials will require special handling procedures. A staff member will assist with these materials. Access to fragile items may be restricted; in such cases, patrons may be required to use microfilm, photocopies, or other facsimile of the originals.
- When using photographs, film, and certain other graphic materials, please use the white cotton gloves provided. Do not attempt to uncurl or forcibly flatten these items. They should be returned to the Special Collections Information Desk in their original state and condition. Magnifying glasses are also available.
- Do not attempt to make repairs to any materials. Brittle items or materials in need of repair should be brought to the attention of a staff member.
All materials must be returned to the Special Collections Information Desk neatly, in the original order, in the original containers, and in the same condition as when received. We appreciate your help in following these procedures and assisting us in maintaining these materials for all to use and enjoy.