Reading Room privileges at the Mudd Manuscript Library are granted subject to specific rules that
are intended to protect collections in the Department of Rare Books and
Special Collections and to insure their preservation for future researchers.
- Visitors are required to register for a Special Collections Research Account before accessing collections in our reading room.
- Patrons must sign-in at register daily.
- Coats, briefcases, and other non-essential research items are to be
stored in lockers.
- Patrons must only use pencils.
- Materials are to be handled carefully and kept in order.
- Materials must be returned to records return area.
- Upon departure, patrons must stop for inspection.
USE OF MATERIALS
- Occasionally written permission is required to use manuscript holdings,
and some collections are closed for a period by the donor. Consult with staff concerning
access to these collections.
- Access may be denied when papers are awaiting processing or when the
physical condition of material warrants. Consult with staff concerning
- Materials must not be marked on, defaced, leaned on, altered, folded
anew, or traced on. They are not to be placed in the lap or propped
against the edge of the table. Book stands are available for use. Special
gloves may be required to handle photographic and other fragile material.
- The existing order and arrangement of material must be maintained.
If an item appears to be out of order, please notify a Library staff member.
- Materials will be retrieved up to one-half hour before closing. Materials
should be returned 15 minutes before closing.
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in all areas.
- Personal belongings, including coats, rain gear, briefcases, typewriter
and computer cases, scanners, personal copiers, camera bags, parcels,
envelopes, and closed folders are not permitted in the Reading Room.
Notebooks and personal articles will be inspected as researchers leave
the Reading Room.
- Permission must be granted for the use of typewriters, computers,
tape recorders, cameras, and other special equipment. Please contact the Mudd Library for further details.
- Photocopying and scanning is
controlled by the staff.
- Researchers must secure written permission from the Department of
Rare Books and Special Collections to publish, reprint, or reproduce
materials. The researcher assumes all responsibility for conforming
with the laws of libel and copyright. One gratis copy of any publication
resulting from extensive research in materials in the Department of
Rare Books and Special Collections should be presented to the Library.
- The correct form of citation is: Description of item, Name of Collection,
Box Number, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University.
Used by permission of the Princeton University Library.