The materials held in this repository are unique and irreplaceable. Careful handling can help to preserve them for future generations. We therefore ask you to observe the following guidelines:
- Ensure that you have clean hands when handling material.
- Use pencils only.
- Use the book support cushions provided for fragile or large volumes, and snake weights to hold open pages.
- Turn pages in volumes slowly and with care, ideally from the top right corner rather than the bottom right. This reduces the chance of tearing more fragile pages.
- Consult loose papers one file at a time. Place the file flat on the table and turn pages over with care, retaining the original order. Keep tags and fastenings in place.
- Consult oversize items on the large desk at the back of the Reading Room.
- Carefully unroll maps and use the soft weights provided to hold the edges down.
- Use the gloves provided to handle photographs, negatives or slides where these have not already been placed into transparent sleeves.
Please do not:
- Bring any food or drink (including water) into the Reading Room.
- Lean on material, or use improvised devices to prop up volumes or weight pages open.
- Place materials over the edge of the table, or on the floor, chairs or windowsill.
- Lick your fingers to separate pages.
- Mark, annotate or alter the material in any way.
- Remove material from transparent sleeves without the permission of the archivist.
- Lie books face down. Staff will provide acid-free page markers to help you keep your place.
- Use flash photography. Always seek permission from staff before taking any photographs.