Reading Room Policies

  • All researchers using our collection must complete a registration card, which are kept on file and used for internal records.
  • Call slips must be completed for each publication title or archival box requested. A maximum of 10 items are allowed per researcher at any one time.
  • RBSC materials do not circulate; all materials must be used in the Reading Room and Reading Room staff is to be notified when you are finished with them. We do not require appointments. We are also happy to hold materials for you over several days of research, once paged.
  • All coats, backpacks, bags, etc. are to be left in the reception area in the coat rack. Laptops must be removed from their cases for use, and the cases left in the coat rack area. Visitors concerned about security for their personal items may request that items be held in the Curator’s office as an alternative.
  • Pencils must be used at all times. Pens are not permitted. Laptops, however, are welcome. RBSC materials are not to be marked in any way.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited in the Reading Room, including during receptions and other special events.
  • Please handle materials carefully—many of our collections are quite fragile—and with clean hands. Cotton gloves are only required when handling photographic materials or metal or ivory objects. Materials must be kept on Reading Room tables at all times. Book supports are to be used with materials whenever appropriate, at the direction of RBSC staff. Loose documents are to be kept in the order they are found.
  • Our materials require special care. Photocopying is done by RBSC staff only, at their discretion, for $0.25 per page. Requests for five or less copies are free. We reserve the right to refuse to copy any material. Please see our Reproduction Policy for details.