Rules of the Reading Room

  • Purses, backpacks, briefcases, coats, and all items not required for research must be left in the reception area closet before entering the Reading Room.
  • Food and drink are not permitted.
  • Special Collections material must be handled with great care. Do not make any marks on the materials and do not open uncut pages. Ask for assistance, if needed.
  • USE PENCIL ONLY for note taking in the Reading Room. A department laptop computer is available for use in the Reading Room. Readers may also use their own laptops.
  • Lincoln University Langston Hughes Memorial Library reserves the right to limit the amount of material issued to a reader at any one time. Readers are permitted to use one book at a time. Exceptions may be made by the Reading Room associate, if appropriate. (Examples: readers using multi-volume sets or working on textual comparisons.).
  • Keep Special Collections materials on reading room table surfaces at all times, unless provided special supports for the materials by the desk attendant.
  • No books, papers, or other objects (except the special weights provided by the desk attendant to hold books open) may be laid on Special Collections materials.
  • When using manuscript material, do not disturb the arrangement of papers or folders. Ask for assistance if order of manuscript material is questioned.
  • When finished using Special Collections material, make the Reading Room Associate aware and they will return it to the appropriate area and wait until the material has been checked in.