Guidelines for Using Rare Books, Archives, and Special Collections


  • No food or drink is permitted.
  • Requests for materials will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
  • No materials may be removed from the reading room.
  • Pencils only.
  • The use of laptop computers is encouraged.
  • Researchers must exercise all possible care to prevent damage to materials.
  • Researchers may request up to five rare books at a time.
  • Researchers may handle no more than one archival container at a time.
  • All permissions needed for publication are the researcher’s responsibility.


  • Rare Books may not be photocopied.
  • Digital photography without a flash is permitted at the discretion of the department.
  • Photo reproduction of archival materials is possible at the discretion of the department.
  • There is a strict limit of one hundred pages per collection for onsite visitors.
  • There is a strict limit of twenty-five pages per collection for remote requests.
  • Staff will photocopy the material. No exceptions.
  • Requests will be honored in the order in which they are received.
  • Please be prepared to wait 4-6 weeks for delivery.

If you have questions or suggestions about this page, please contact Rare Books or Archives.