Digital Camera Use with Collections

General Collections

The use of digital cameras while consulting the Library' general collections is allowed for personal study and research. No photos may be taken of the library itself, other readers, or the staff. Shutter noises and other alert sounds should be set to off to avoid disturbing other researchers.

Images may not be published without written permission of the copyright holder. Images MAY be used for unpublished student papers and class presentations without obtaining permission.

Special Collections

We welcome researchers to use personal digital cameras, including cell phones and tablets, while researching in the Special Collections reading rooms. Physical condition, copyright concerns, donor restrictions, and other factors may limit or prohibit photography. Please see the access and use note of a collection’s finding aid or Ask Us! for more information on specific restrictions. For the majority of collections, there is no limit on the number of photographs a researcher may take of a collection or item while in the reading room. Any images you take are for personal research use only and may be subject to copyright law. Please visit our Copyright page for more information. 

All researchers are asked to agree to this digital camera use policy when registering as a researcher in the Special Collections Reading Room.