Lloyd Library Reading Room Guidelines

  • First-time patrons must complete the Researcher Registration form.
  • Registered users must sign in at each visit.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Reading Room.
  • All coats, book bags, purses, umbrellas, and other personal items are to be secured in the coat closet. See library staff for access to lockers.
  • Laptops, tablets, cell phones, paper and pencil are the only items permitted for use in the Reading Room. Pens are not permitted. Electronic devices are to be set in silent mode. Phone calls must be taken outside.
  • Items will be checked out for use in the Reading Room and must be used in the Reading Room.
  • The number of items retrieved at one time and the location of their use is at the discretion of Library staff.
  • Care of the materials:
    • Materials are not to be written on, mishandled, altered, leaned on, folded, or traced. Use extreme care when unfolding plates or maps.
    • Ask for assistance if uncertain of proper handling.
    • Researchers may photograph materials using personal cameras or other electronic devices, only for purposes of private study, scholarship, research, or classroom use.
    • Use of flash photography is not permitted. Images may not be published in print or online or transferred to any other person or institution without first obtaining written permission from the Lloyd Library.
    • Requests for scanning or photocopying must be approved and performed by Library staff. Staff reserves the right to refuse or limit copy requests based on condition of the materials.
    • Each item must be returned before researcher leaves the Library. Materials may be reserved for a limited time by arrangement with staff.
  • Rare Books:
    • Limited to five at a time
    • Only one elephant folio at a time
    • Must be used with foam book supports and book weights. Staff is available to instruct in their proper use.
  • Archives and Manuscripts:
    • Limited to one box at a time
    • While using archival materials, researcher’s notes are to be taken on electronic devices or yellow paper, provided by the Library.