These rules are designed to allow you access to the materials for research and also protect the materials for future researchers. We are grateful to you for abiding by these rules so that we can provide access to these resources for years to come.
Thank you for helping us keep or collections safe and in good order for future researchers!
HANDS – Dirt, oil, and color can transfer to collection materials. Thoroughly wash and dry your hands.
Do not use lotion or moisturizer.
GLOVES – Only wear gloves if working with photographs, electronic media, or metals. When working with books and paper, gloves can hinder manual dexterity and may present more of a danger to the object.
CLOTHING – Be mindful of loose clothing or dangling materials such as jewelry, sleeves, or ties that can damage the surface or catch on library items and tear them.
PENCILS ONLY – Pens should not be used around library and archives materials. Under no circumstances should pens ever be used to write on objects. Never write on paper that is laying on top of library materials.
DO NOT RUSH – This is when accidents happen and damage occurs. Take your time and plan your movements.