Handling Guidelines - History of Medicine Library
For security purposes, please check in your coat, briefcase, or book bag upon entering the History of Medicine Library.
Do not bring any food or beverages into the area, or eat or drink while using our materials. Break rooms and vending machines are available on Plummer 3 and 11.
Be sure your hands are washed and free of lotion. You may be asked to wear white cotton gloves (provided for you) when using many of our materials. Do not wear gloves if the items are brittle or show signs of flaking.
Handle all materials—and especially those that are large, uniquely bound (e.g., vellum bound), fragile, or in need of repair—with extreme care.
Limit the number of volumes you use at one time, and do not stack them on top of one another. Most of our materials are non-circulating and must remain in the reading room area.
Use a pencil—never an ink pen—when working with our materials. Take care not to write or trace on paper laid over the materials, whether opened or closed.
Refrain from underlining, making marginal notes, or attaching Post-it notes, paper clips, or rubber bands to any of our materials.
Use a flat, acid-free paper bookmark to save your place in a book. In items that may scratch, chip, or flake, use a tissue paper bookmark. Both are available in the study table drawer.
Request a book cradle to support the case and text block of a large or tightly bound volume, and use appropriate book weights to lightly hold open a page.
Please bring to our attention damaged materials, uncut pages, and other conservation needs. Do not attempt any repairs yourself.
Photocopying is limited and at the discretion of the History of Medicine Library Coordinator.
Thank you for helping us preserve the collection for future researchers. We appreciate your cooperation and hope you will find your visit enjoyable.
With special thanks to Jean McDowall, M.L.I.S., Preservation Librarian