Reading room


Researchers using the Reading Room are required to complete a registration form.  Personal identification, preferably with a photograph, will be necessary for registration.  A reader's card will then be issued.  This card will be valid for a year and is required on the daily sign-in sheet and to request records.


Records are non-circulating and must be consulted in our reading room.  An attendant is always on duty to assist you in finding sources and requesting materials. Retrievals are on demand and the last retrieval is at 4:15 p.m.  Some records are stored off-site and may take 1-2 days to retrieve. Listening to sound recordings or viewing film or video requires specialized equipment.  An appointment may be needed to consult these records.

Care of records

Because archival records are unique and irreplaceable, they must be handled with care. Gloves are provided for using photographs, drawings, and other fragile records. Only pencils are used for note taking. These are made readily available at the reference desk.  For obvious reasons,  food and drinks are not permitted in the Reading Room.