Anyone from the general public will be welcome to use the library’s research collections and resources following a preliminary consultation to assess needs and what responsive material we may have. Appointments are required at this time. You do not need to be an American citizen or present credentials or a letter of recommendation. However, there are some additional things to keep in mind with regards to research by individuals under the age of 18:
If you are a minor, 14 or older, and have photo identification bearing your current address:
- You do not need to have a parent or guardian with you.
- Your ID should include your current address. We will accept a driver’s license, learner’s permit, non-driving state ID, or school ID.
If you are a minor, 14 or older, and do not have photo identification bearing your current address:
- You must have a parent or guardian accompany you.
- Your parent or guardian must have a photo ID with proof of current address.
- The archival staff member in charge of your researcher orientation will use your parent’s or guardian’s ID during the researcher application process.
- Your parent or guardian may leave once you have your researcher card. You must have your researcher card with you in order to be able to come back without your parent or guardian.
If you are under 14:
- Your parent or guardian must stay with you at all times while you conduct your research.
- Your parent or guardian must have a photo ID with proof of current address. Both of you must register for research and go through the orientation and application process onsite, as directed.
Request an Onsite Appointment
We look forward to welcoming you to our Research Room. To book a reservation for an in-person research visit, please submit your request for an initial consultation below. The purpose of the consultation is to learn more about your topic, assist you with identifying responsive materials, direct you to helpful resources, and provide an overview of our policies & procedures. The consultation itself can take place via email exchange, phone chat, and/or video communication service. Following the consultation, if you are wanting to visit in person, an archival team member will work with you to get your appointment scheduled.
Please await confirmation of your appointment dates prior to making travel plans. You will receive a calendar invite with your confirmed appointment dates—be sure to read over it for important information, including Researcher Visitor Information, orientation materials, and a link to our application.