Resource Library- Handling Guidelines for the Reading Room

Following the 2017 Preservation Section Business Meeting in Portland, OR, we have begun to compile Handling Guidelines from reading rooms around the country. We hope these will serve as a helpful resource for those institutions looking to write new handling policies, revise existing policies, or create new handouts and guides for their patrons. 

Do you have a set of handling guidelines or resources in use in your reading room? We'd love to add it to our reference library! Please send them to

Documentation Library (see document library in "Attachments" section below)

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University 

The New York Public Library, Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 

University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library, Special Collections Research Center

Beinecke Library Guide for Researchers.pdf1.08 MB
Beinecke Library Reading Room Out Card_Handling.pdf29.9 KB
NYPL_BrookeRussellAstorReadingRoomRegistration_2017.08.05.pdf65.11 KB
NYPL_Digital Camera Policy_2015.09.22.pdf63.26 KB
NYPL_LPA_SCRR_RegForm_Eng_rev201609.pdf217.09 KB
NYPL_LPA_SCRR_RegForm_Spa_rev201706.pdf213.83 KB
NYPL_LPA_SCRR_ Reading room signs.pdf143.91 KB
NYPL_LPA_SCRR_box_insert.JPG1.63 MB