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Rules for Use of Special Collections at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries


We welcome your use of our resources, and ask that you follow these rules in order to help us preserve the condition of books for all future users.


All readers must register and show a photo I.D. Books and other items are to be used only in this reading room. Fill out a separate call slip for each item.


NOTE: the reading room is under video surveillance.


Signing the reader registration card indicates that you understand and agree to these conditions. Reading room privileges may be withdrawn for failure to comply.


  • Only pencils, not ball-point or other pens, are allowed for note-taking. Paper for note-taking must be kept on the reading table, and not placed on the page surfaces. Laptops are allowed.
  • Leave backpacks, coats, briefcases, and purses by the windows. You may keep a notebook or notecards with you. Drink containers are forbidden in this room.
  • Department hours are limited. No material will be provided fifteen minutes before closing. Advance appointments outside these hours are subject to our security requirements and other commitments.
  • Books must be kept in provided cradles supported on the reading table surface.
  • Digital or 35 mm photographs are allowed subject to copyright restrictions. Photocopying is done only by Special Collections staff and at their discretion. Fragile items will not be copied. No more than ten pages can be copied from any single book. No photocopying is allowed from Tippit Photobooks (with "DHT" call numbers).
  • White cotton gloves, provided by the Special Collections staff, may be required while handling certain books. This is to protect the fragile surfaces from the natural oils on fingertips.
  • Handle materials with extreme care, and leave them in the same order in which they are provided. Report uncut pages to the staff.
  • If classes are in session in the reading room, we may ask individual readers to come back at another convenient time.
  • Separate application must be made to this department for permission to photocopy; permission to examine manuscript collections; and permission to publish. Some use fees may apply.
  • These materials are made available for study use only. It is your responsibility to know and abide by statutes covering copyright and fair use for publication from these sources, literary property rights, and right-to-privacy.
  • Records are confidential by Libraries policy, but under Patriot Act legislation call slips, registration cards and room surveillance may be subject to subpoena or search warrant.

April '06 Revision