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Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Reading Room Guidelines

Using Materials

  1. Food is not allowed in SCARC. All drinks must be stored in sealed containers in the coatroom.
  2. All personal items, excluding writing utensils, notepaper, laptops, and cameras, must be placed in the coat room or personal locker for security purposes.
  3. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced while in SCARC.
  4. Pens and other non-erasable writing utensils are prohibited in the reading room. Pencils are available at the reference desk.
  5. Adhesives including glue, tape, and post-it notes are prohibited in the reading room.
  6. Materials may not be marked, folded, or handled in any way likely to damage them.
  7. No more than one book or archival box may be accessed at a time.
  8. Protective gloves must be worn when examining photographic collections.
  9. No research materials may be removed from the reading room.
  10. All unbound materials (papers within folders and folders within boxes) must remain in the exact order received.
  11. Flash photography of SCARC materials is not allowed.

Using Lockers:

SCARC offers use of personal lockers to its researchers on the conditions that:

  1. Food and/or drink may not be stored in a locker.
  2. SCARC materials may not be brought into the coatroom or placed inside a locker.
  3. No items may be left in the lockers after closing time.
  4. Any items left in a SCARC locker after closing will be transferred to the Valley Library Circulation Desk Lost & Found.
  5. For safety and security reasons, the SCARC staff reserves the right to open a secured locker at any time.
  6. The patron agrees to pay a $25.00 fine for loss of or damage to a locker key in their possession or damage to a locker.