General Rules

  • No food, drink, or tobacco use is allowed in the Hipp Reading Room
  • Researchers and visitors must sign the register each day when entering and leaving.
  • All coats, handbags, briefcases, backpacks, purses, etc. are to be placed in the designated coat room.
  • Researchers may take research related tools (notepaper, computer) to a table in the research area. These items may be checked by the staff before the researcher leaves.
  • All materials should be returned to the Reference Desk no later than 15 minutes before closing and no further items will be paged after that time.

Handling materials

  • Special Collections & Archives┬ámaterials may only be consulted in the Hipp Reading Room.
  • Materials must be handled with care to avoid damage.
  • White gloves may be necessary when handling certain materials, such as photographs or other delicate materials.
  • Do not force books open, place open books face down, or place objects on top of them.
  • Only pencils may be used. Ink pens of any type are prohibited.
  • Do not lean upon, mark, fold, trace, or otherwise handle items in a way that may cause damage.


  • Manuscript materials are stored in a specific order. This arrangement of papers and folders must be preserved. ┬áDo not remove materials from the folder without permission.
  • Photoduplication is allowed by permission only, on an item-by-item basis.
  • Items to be copied or scanned should be left in the folder with a marker identifying the location.