Research Procedures

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Research Procedures

We encourage patrons to visit our library to conduct their own research, though we understand it is not always possible. We are happy to help with quick requests, but those requiring in-depth research may incur a fee which must be authorized in advance. Reference Department staff will contact you regarding your request to discuss charges and issue an invoice if necessary. Please understand that we cannot guarantee results, but every effort will be made to assist you, and we will document all sources that we consult during the course of our research.

Research requests may be made in writing by post mail or email. Please allow four to six weeks for a response to your request from the time of its receipt. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received. Research Request Form [PDF Format].

Photocopy requests must be approved by a librarian. Requests are considered on a case by case basis, and depend upon the size, binding, condition, copyright, and any relevant donor restrictions. Reference staff will determine whether material can be copied and will do its best to meet reasonable requests. The Library's charge for reproduction does not imply an authorization for publication or reproduction. Please fill out our Rights and Reproduction application to request authorization to publish.

All photocopies will be made by a staff member. We strive to complete orders within a reasonable amount of time; expected delivery time will be discussed when an order is placed. A fee of $.50 per printed page or $1.00 per manuscript page will be charged for each copy. Shipping charges will be added when applicable. Copies from microfilm can be made by library patrons at the microfilm copier for $.50 per page.

(The above pricing information is subject to change.)