R. Barbara Gitenstein Library Archives and Special Collections are located in a secure space on the 4th floor of the library. Access is by appointment only. No more than three users at a time may visit the Archives.
**Due to COVID-related health and safety precautions, the Archives and Special Collections are currently closed to researchers. For inquiries and assistance, please contact the Archivist via Ask-A-Librarian.**
Users of the R. Barbara Gitenstein Library Archives will be given a copy of the archives’ policies and rules and asked to sign a form agreeing to follow these rules.
The following restrictions apply to the use of archival materials:
- Food and drink are not allowed in the room and hands should be clean and dry.
- All coats, book-bags, backpacks, bags, briefcases, parcels, etc. must be left at the entryway.
- Only pencils or laptops may be used to take notes; no pens are allowed.
- No marks or notes are permitted to be made on the materials.
- Materials are to be used only under the supervision of the Archivist.
- Materials are to be retrieved from the shelves only by the Archivist.
- Books in use should be kept on a cradle.
- Materials do not circulate; they must be used inside the room.
- Each user has access to one box of material at a time. When folders are removed from a box, archival placeholders (supplied) must be used to maintain existing order.
- Materials within folders should be kept in order and not rearranged.
- Photographs must not be removed from their sleeves.
- Users must wear gloves.
- Users may request scans of photographs and other documents.
- No unauthorized photography is permitted. Users must receive permission from a librarian to photograph archival material.