Using the Reading Room

Planning on conducting research at the Rubenstein Library? Here's what you need to know: 

Before Your Arrival

  • Register as a researcher: This one-time researcher registration process is easy and also includes the creation of an online account. With this account, you'll be able to request material for use in our reading room and track the status of your requests. 
  • Request the material you want to use: Most of our collections are stored at the Library Service Center, our off-site repository, and it will take us 2 full business days to bring them to our reading room. Submit your requests in advance of your visit.

Upon Your Arrival

  • On your first visit to the Rubenstein Library, we will need to see a photo ID. We accept government-issued photo IDs (such as a driver license or passport) and any university-issued ID. 
  • We will also take a quick picture of you to include in your researcher account. This will allow us to confirm your identity each time you visit our reading room. Your photo will be confidential, and we will not share it. 

What can I bring into the reading room?

  • camera
  • cellphone (set to silent or vibrate)
  • laptop (without its case)
  • paper
  • pencils
  • USB drive

We have lockers and locks that you can use to store your other belongings that cannot come into the reading room with you, such as:

  • bags & purses
  • drinks (including water bottles)
  • food
  • pens

Inside the Reading Room

  • Ensure your hands are clean before you handle materials.
  • You must use materials in the reading room, as they do not circulate. 
  • You will be given one box or one volume at a time. 
  • Security cameras monitor the reading room at all times.
  • Staff will ask to inspect anything you brought into the reading room, such as a laptop or notebook, as you leave the room.

Making Copies of Library Material 

  • Use our free, self-service scanner which can accomodate material up to 17 x 24 inches and most books. Bring a USB drive to save your files, or borrow one of ours.
  • Bring your camera or camera phone into the Rubenstein reading room to snap digital photos of materials.
  • Borrow a digital camera and/or camera stand from our service desk for use in the reading room. 
  • Some reproductions can only be done by staff due to fragility, size, or format. These will be treated as paid reproduction requests. Check out the tutorial to the right on how to order copies in the reading room or ask us. Reproductions can be mailed or delivered electronically following your research visit.