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Use of rare books and university theses

  • Rare books and university theses are available for in-archives use. (More information on access to university theses is available on our blog.)
  • While researchers are welcome to browse the university theses, the rare books collection access is limited to library staff only. The archivist on duty will be happy to assist you by retrieving the rare book you need.
  • Please do not bend, lean on, write on the books, or anything else that may damage them. Many rare books require special handling: archivists will provide gloves wherever necessary.
  • No pens are allowed in the archives research area. Laptops are welcome.
  • Certain books may be subject to duplication restrictions.
  • Copying services are provided by archivists. Duplication fees may apply. Scanners are not permitted, archivists may allow photography of materials. For more information on photography in the archives research area, please see our photography form.
  • United States copyright applies to theses and to many rare books. Researchers should familiarize themselves with the law and university policy concerning the duplication and use of these materials. The Consortium Library and the Archives and Special Collections Department disclaim any responsibility for the violation of copyright.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the research area.
  • Researchers’ bags, briefcases, coats, and other possessions are not allowed in the research area. Please ask archivists for storage space.
  • Please be respectful of other researchers and keep conversations quiet.

While ASC archivists are happy to work with all researchers to assist in identifying rare books or theses that may be of use, we are unable to provide in-depth research services. We realize that may present a challenge, especially to our distance clientele. All available rare books and theses are individually listed in the Consortium Library's catalog. We may be able to provide names of researchers-for-hire for extended requests. Please contact us for more information. Interlibrary loan of some materials held in our rare books and theses collections may be possible. Please contact the interlibrary loan department of your local library for more information.


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