Access to Library Holdings
The library's collection is non-circulating and for onsite reference use only. Materials may not be checked out of the building and there is no Inter-Library Loan. For the most part, items in the book, periodical and general script collections are available upon request in the library, as are the clipping files and photographs in the general collection. Exceptions are noted in the catalog. Other types of materials, including those in special manuscript and photographic collections, are available to qualified researchers by prior appointment only – for details, see Access to Special Collections and Access to Photographs.
What to Bring
A valid photo I.D. such as a drivers license or passport is required for entrance to the library. When you visit, you will be asked to complete a library use application; you will then be issued a library user's card that is good for the day.
Only items essential to your research may be brought into the reading room: paper, notepad, a notebook (without pockets), index cards, and laptop computers. Patrons are asked to use pencils only; researchers may bring their own or use the ones provided by the library. Small wallets (to pay for photocopying) are also permitted.
What Not to Bring
As a special research library, there are certain restrictions on items that can be brought into the library. Lockers for storage are provided in the lobby, with locker tokens available at the security guard's desk.
The following items cannot be brought into the reading room:
- Cell phones, including Blackberries and iPhones
- Purses, briefcases, backpacks, computer cases, belt packs
- Organizers and notebooks with pockets
- Multiple folders or boxes of material
- Magazines or newspapers
- Coats and umbrellas
- Food, chewing gum, or beverages
Or any other materials deemed inappropriate by library staff.