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Use Policies for Archives, Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections

Patrons must sign in for the day using the daily patron register.  By signing the register you indicate an understanding of the library rules and a willingness to abide by them.  A photo I.D. is required, and will be held while research is being conducted.

Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited.

Researchers must call in advance to make an appointment to do research with our specialized materials.  A minimum of 24 hours is preferred.

Researchers are responsible for the safeguarding of materials made available for their use.  Materials may not be removed from the designated archival/reading room area for any purpose.  Persons found to be involved in the mutilation, destruction, or theft of materials are subject to prosecution. As a security measure, the Law Library reserves the right to inspect all items removed from the reading room.

It is important that materials are maintained in their proper order.  Please do not remove or rearrange items from a collection.  If a mistake in arrangement is suspected, or if material is suspected to be damaged, call it to the attention of the staff.

Researchers must exercise all possible care to prevent damage to the materials they use. Materials must not be marked on, folded, or handled in any way likely to damage them. Loose sheets and book pages must be handled by their edges to avoid soiling the surface of the paper. Documents and volumes must lie flat on the table. They must not be placed in the lap or propped against the edge of the table. Do not keep a book open with other objects or rest hands or arms on the pages since acid from skin can be damaging to the paper. Never lay open books face down on the table or piled on top of one another. Turn pages slowly and carefully.

Only pencils may be used and will be provided if needed.  Never mark on pages or write on paper laid on top of a book or other library materials.  Tracing of maps or illustrations is not allowed. 

The Law Library will consider requests for the photo duplication of material when such duplication can be done without injury to the material, and does not violate copyright restrictions. Single copies may be provided for the researcher's personal reference use. The photocopy must not be further reproduced. Supplying a photocopy is not an authorization to publish. If a donor has placed restrictions on donated materials, those restrictions will be observed.