Visitor policies


We ask that you adhere to the Center’s policies to help us maintain a friendly and secure research and teaching environment and to preserve the center's materials for future generations. Contact us if you have any questions about these policies:

  • All personal belongings, with the exception of laptops, cell phones, or small hand-held cameras, must be stored in an assigned locker. 
  • We will provide you with paper and pencils for taking notes.
  • You may be given up to five items for viewing at one time.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Center.



Personal cameras may be used to photograph center materials at the discretion of Center staff. Note that many of the maps and atlases available at the Center are also viewable online and available for download at very high resolution. For materials not available online, users may request a digital reproduction by emailing the Center. 

If you wish to use personal cameras you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Photographs taken by users may be used for personal reference and research purposes only.
  • The Center reserves the right to prohibit photography of any of its collections. 
  • Use of a flash, outside lights, scanners, tripods, templates, or other equipment is prohibited.
  • Materials must remain flat on the desk or in the stand/cradle provided.
  • Patrons may not push on bindings, stand on tables/chairs, or hold up materials in order to obtain a better quality picture.
  • Images may not be added to the holdings of another library or archival repository.
  • Photography of other users or library staff is prohibited.