Researchers in the Rubenstein Library Reading RoomBefore you arrive

  • 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: Submit your requests 2 full business days in advance of your visit. Most of our collections are stored at the Library Service Center, our off-site repository.

When you arrive

  • 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 need to take photograph of you to include in your researcher account. This is required and allows 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 sleeve or bag)
  • Loose leaf 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, and pouches
  • Notebooks, note pads, binders, and folders
  • Drinks (including water bottles)
  • Food
  • Pens
  • Scanners
  • Lighting equipment

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.
  • Filming and video requires advance notice and permission, review our filming policy for more information.

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.
  • Use one of our HoverCams, a high-resolution, standalone document camera. HoverCams attach to your Mac or Windows computer and allow you to save images directly to your laptop. 
  • Bring your camera or camera phone into the Rubenstein reading room to snap digital photos of materials.
  • For high-resolution scans, audiovisual material, or material that requires special handling, place a reading room reproduction request. Your reproductions will be delivered electronically following your research visit.