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Reading Room Procedures and Policies

The Special Collections Reading Room provides access to Special Collection's holdings. Located on the 3rd floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library, interested researchers should contact the appropriate personnel or the main desk to schedule a research appointment. Please inform us if you will be working in a group so we can provide an appropriate space. All researchers will be asked to follow the Reading Room procedures.

  • Reading Room, Room 317
  • Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • 812-237-2610

  • All researchers must register and sign in
  • Pencils only, NO PENS OR MARKERS
  • All materials must remain on the table during use
  • Personal belongings (briefcases, backpacks, handbags, etc.) must be stowed in the wooden cubicles located next to the entrance
  • Coats, sweaters, etc. must be hung on the provided coat rack
  • Laptops are permitted
  • Camera/tablet usage is permitted, but NO FLASH (We do NOT make scans or photocopies-with the exception of materials to be published)
  • Please submit final requests for materials before 4:45 pm
  • If borrowing our scanners, they must be returned to the desk attendant by 4:45 pm
  • Personal items may be subject to examination by staff
  • Permission to use material for a publication, event, etc. must be approved by the Department Chair, University Archivist, or Permanent Art Curator depending on the collection to be used. The Chair, Archivist, and Curator will tell you about any fees related to publishing the material. Talk with the desk attendant on who and how to contact the necessary personnel.

Copyright Policy

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

It is the researchers responsibility to follow copyright law in regards to the photos and scans they take in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the reproduction is not to be 'used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.' If a user makes a request for, or alter uses, a reproduction for purposes in excess of ' fair use,' that use may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse an order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Special Collections also reserves the right to refuse a request on the basis of the material's physical condition.


Reproductions, Digital Cameras, and Publication Policies

  • Schedule of Fees
  • We do not make photocopies or scans for researchers
  • Researchers can bring a camera, phone, or tablet to take photos-but please NO FLASH
  • A scanner is available on a first-come-first-serve basis for researchers without a camera/phone/tablet
  • If using our scanner, the scanner must be returned to the desk attendant by 4:45 PM
  • Permission to use material for a publication, event, etc. must be approved by the Department Chair, University Archivist, or Permanent Art Curator depending on the collection to be used. The Chair, Archivist, and Curator will tell you about any fees related to publishing the material. Talk with the desk attendant on who and how to contact the necessary personnel.

Classes

Special Collections staff will happily work with professors to provide access and develop assignments for classes. Please contact the department in advance to discuss bringing a class to Special Collections or if you would like to give an assignment involving Special Collections material. The Special Collections staff also provide 1 class day modules that engage students critical thinking skills while using our resources. Please see the information below for examples.

Please read our Information Sheet on bringing classes to Special Collections

Class Modules (designed for 1 class period)

  • Analyze perspective through French Revolution text by examining author's and audiences points of view.
  • Understanding how to read visual material by examining the artwork, documents, and background surrounding a controversial exhibit at.
  • Critically read documents on a topic to examine the purpose, audience, and information from a small collection of ISU historical documents.
  • Construct narratives of events by examining documents from a controversial moment at ISU from different perspectives.

Tours

The Permanent Art Curator provides tours of art and sculpture around campus to interested parties. Contact the Permanent Art Curator for more information.

***Please be advised that Special Collections Staff cannot provide appraisals.

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