Archives and Special Collections is open to all researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. Upon arrival, patrons will complete a patron registration form, present a photo ID, and agree to follow the department's Terms of Access and Use in order to use the collection. Paper, pencils, laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras, and cell phone cameras may be used in the reading room. 

The department follows the Guidelines for Access to Original Research Materials, a joint statement of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. We also adhere to the Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections developed by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.