Reading Room Guidelines

Reading Room Guidelines


  • Researchers are required to register once every fiscal year (July-June), presenting a government-issued picture ID to the staff. Upon registration, readers agree to follow the Wellesley College Special Collections and Archives Reading Room policies.

  • Researchers must log in and out at the front desk log book.

  • Researchers must follow all staff instructions.

  • Coats, bags, umbrellas, and other belongings must be placed in lockers while doing research.

  • Food and beverages are not allowed.

  • Ink is not permitted.

  • Materials must be examined in the reading room under supervision.

  • Materials must be kept on top of the table.

  • Materials must be handled carefully with clean, dry hands; staff will provide gloves as appropriate.

  • Only acid-free bookmarks may be used to mark your place in a book (available at the front desk).

  • Materials must not be exchanged with other readers.

  • Researchers must preserve the original order of materials.

  • Photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes only; permission to publish must be requested.

  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure any copyright permission.

  • Please mute all electronic devices, and keep conversation to a minimum.