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Special Collections Reading Room Policies


Due to the nature of our collections, the Reading Room of Special Collections has limited hours.  We encourage all researchers interested in additional days or times to contact us to make a special appointment.  We can be reached at (309) 438-2871 or by email

We are currently open:

Monday through Friday:         9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday:     1:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.                    

Tuesday Evenings (Fall/Spring):   5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

General Regulations

  • Coats, hats, purses, bags, computer cases and other belongings are to be stored at the front of the Reading Room or on the coat stands provided.  Laptop computers are welcomed.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • Reference material may only be used with permission of Special Collections staff on duty. 
  • Readers may only take loose-leaf paper and pencils into the Reading Room; the Library will supply paper and pencils for those who need them.
  • Ink of any kind is prohibited.

Handling Rare Books and Manuscripts

  • Patrons are not allowed to check out items or remove them from Special Collections. 
  • All items should be handled with care.  Staff will assist and may direct patrons in the proper handling of materials. 
  • Gloves are not required, but patrons need to have freshly washed hands to handle materials.
  • Pencils are the only form of writing implement approved for use in the Reading Room. Ink of any kind is prohibited.
  • Patrons must not make tracings, rubbings or marks of any kind in or on any library materials. 
  • Patrons must not attempt to cut unopened gatherings in books
  • Before leaving, patrons must return all material to the Special Collections staff member before the posted closing time. Patrons may ask to have material placed “on hold” for up to a week from the last time used.
  • Photocopying of material may be done if it is approved by the staff member on duty.  Photocopies are 10 cents per page.  Our copier does require cash or coins.  Digital photographs may be taken.
  • For information about scanning, reproductions, rights, and permissions, please ask.

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Milner Library
Campus Box 8900
201 North School St.
Normal, Il 61790-8900
Phone: 309.438.3451

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Last Updated: 12/10/12