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Reading Room Policies and Procedures


All researchers must register with the reading room attendant on their first visit and sign in at subsequent visits.


UASC materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the Reading Room.

Requesting Materials

A call slip must be completed and signed for all requested material.

University Art Collection

Requests to view items from the Adelphi University Art Collection are by appointment only and must be made at least 2 days in advance of viewing.


Digital photography using cameras or phones is permitted for reference purposes. Please ensure that the flash is turned off. Personal copiers and scanners are not permitted.

Handling of Materials

To help preserve the unique, rare and sometimes fragile materials held by UASC we ask researchers to observe the following special handling requirements and reading room rules:

  • Please handle all materials with care. If you are concerned about the fragility of material or unsure about how to handle an item please request assistance from the reading room attendant.
  • Please ensure your hands are clean and dry before handling UASC materials.
  • Artwork may only be handled by the reading room attendant.
  • No food or drink of any kind is permitted in the Reading Room.
  • All personal belongings, except those necessary for research (such as laptops and cell phones), should be placed in the reading room lockers. This includes backpacks, large handbags, coats, binders, laptop cases and bound notebooks. Pencils and note paper will be provided upon request.
  • Pencils are the only permitted writing implements. Pens, markers, highlighters, etc. are prohibited and should be left in reading room lockers.
  • Researchers should work with one item at a time. Special permission for working with two items at once (e.g. for comparison purposes) can be requested.
  • Researchers should work with one manuscript box and one folder at a time. Please take care to maintain the documents and folders in their original order.
  • Please turn off or silence your cell phone while using the reading room.
  • When consulting books please utilize book cradles. The reading room attendant will provide the appropriate cradle and necessary assistance.
  • You may be asked to wear gloves (which will be provided) when handling photographs.

Copyright Notice

While Adelphi University Library owns the physical materials in its collections, the Library does not hold the copyright for most of those materials. If you intend to reuse material obtained from Adelphi Archives and Special Collections, including for publication, it is your responsibility to determine the copyright status of that material and for obtaining all required permissions for your intended use. For more information regarding copyright, visit the library’s guide on Copyright and Fair Use.