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Policies & Procedures

Using the Library

The library and archive reading room is located in the Research Center and serves as the center of activity for the daily operations of the library. Internal users and the public can visit the reading room for reference services, access to library and archive collections, and as a quiet place in which to study and work.


Woman reading while seated at a table in a library room. Three women reading while seated at a table in a library room.




Premitted/Prohbited Materials




Laptop computers

Cell phones

Prohibited - must remain at the front desk in the lockers provided

Personal items (i.e. backpacks, laptop bags, purses, bags, briefcases, coats)

Food / Beverages


Belongings may be inspected when users enter or leave the building.

Electronic Devices

  • Please silence mobile phones.

  • Laptops may be used in the reading room.

  • Use of personal digital cameras is allowed for research purposes. Please see Photography and Reproduction Policies for more information.

Computers | Scanners | Printers

Computers in the library are equipped to perform standard computer functions, play DVD and VHS, and basic digitization of small format print materials and film and can be used to search the library catalog, online collections, databases, and other digital resources.

A photocopier and scanner is available. Requests for photocopies must be approved by staff and may be declined if materials are considered too fragile or outside the "fair use" standard. Oversized materials and those in special collections may not be photocopied.