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Reading Room Rules

Because the Archives Department holds rare, unique, and other special research material, the stacks are closed to researchers. The materials in these collections are available for research use in the Reading Room, subject to the following rules. Researchers should also familiarize themselves with the UWM Libraries User Rights and Responsibilities and Library Use Guidelines.

  1. Our holdings must be used in the Reading Room (W250) during our regular hours.
  2. Researchers using archives or manuscript collections must register with the Archives on an annual basis. Researchers using the reference collection or inter-library loan items are not required to complete a registration form.
  3. Researchers must present valid photo identification and sign the logbook on a daily basis.
  4. Only items needed to take notes are allowed in the Reading Room. Use pencils only. Laptop computers are allowed.
  5. Beverages are not permitted in the Reading Room.
  6. Place other personal property in the lockers or on the coat rack. Practice cell phone courtesy by turning off your ringer and taking calls outside the Reading Room.
  7. Call slips are completed for each item requested.
  8. To prevent the mistaken interfiling of documents, researchers may use only one box from a collection at a time. Open only one folder at a time and keep items in the order you find them.
  9. Materials must be handled carefully. All materials must be used flat on the table. Do not make any marks on materials or affix extraneous items such as Post-It notes. No books, papers, or other objects (except special weights used to hold materials flat) may be laid upon materials. Please report to the staff any concerns about the material.
  10. All inquiries concerning reproductions must be referred to the staff. A photocopier is available for self-service copying, and use of personal copying equipment is generally permitted, providing such use is discussed in advance with the staff. Researchers must also agree to the terms outlined in the Reproduction Agreement form.
  11. Permission to publish or display copies of our holdings must be requested in writing and is subject to the terms outlined in the Permission for Public Use form.
  12. When you have finished your research, please inform a staff member and indicate if you would like a collection placed on temporary hold. Material may be held for 30 days.

Rev. 10/29/2007 with AGSL & SPL


Comments or questions for the Archives? Send them to Ask an Archivist or call (414) 229-5402.