Reading Room Policies

The McDonald Reading Room is a supervised area in which researchers may review materials held by Archives & Special Collections. Rules and regulations governing the use of materials are designed to protect and secure the unique and irreplaceable documents held by Archives & Special Collections. Proper handling will help preserve these materials for future research use. Please observe the following:

  • Use pencils only
  • No food or drink, including cough drops, candy and chewing gum
  • No bags, including purses, laptop and camera cases
  • No overcoats
  • Keep your voice down in the reading room
  • Set cell phones to mute or vibrate. If you need to take a call please leave the reading room and speak in the building lobby
  • Keep your work space tidy
  • Make sure documents rest fully on the work surface
  • Turn pages from the top of the document
  • Limit handling of documents, do not write on or trace materials
  • Do not fold pages
  • Maintain the order of loose papers in folders
  • Use paper markers to keep your place
  • Use book cradles to support the spine of volumes
  • Use weights provided to keep oversized documents in place
  • Avoid placing anything on the document (especially elbows)
  • Use of camera flash and tripods may be limited; no use of additional lighting or supports, other than those supplied by staff
  • Use of the reading room is only for those who are consulting the collections in Archives & Special Collections, not for general study use
  • Please notify the staff if you find torn or very fragile items in the collections that should be removed for repair. If book pages are uncut, notify staff and do not separate them yourself