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Reading Room Procedures

To preserve and safeguard the research collections of the Missouri History Museum, and to facilitate their use, we have the following policies:

  • Fill out and sign a registration card on your first visit, and present photo identification.

  • Check all bags (including briefcases, purses, and computer cases) in the free lockers in the lobby.

  • Sign the guest book each day you visit the library.

  • Handle all items with care; some are irreplaceable.

  • Use only pencils for note taking. Pens and markers are not to be used in the Reading Room.

  • Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted in the Reading Room.

Photocopy procedures

  • Staff will make all photocopies, and may judge an item too fragile for copying. Photocopies are 25 cents for black and white copies and $1.00 for color copies, regardless of paper size.

  • For a $10 daily fee, researchers can use a personal camera, a tablet, or smartphone (without a flash) to photograph items in the Library and Archives collections for reference purposes only. Tripods are okay to use.

  • Handheld scanners or a scanning app on a smartphone or tablet can also be used to scan items.

    The use of scanners that must be held directly on the item (i.e., scanning mouse) or requires the item to be lifted off of the table (i.e. flatbed scanner) are not permitted.

  • The staff can scan up to 20 pages for reference purposes only, at a cost of $2.00 per scan. Scans can be sent via email or saved to the researcher's flash drive.

    These photocopies, photographs, and scans are for private research only. By signing the registration card, you assume responsibility for conforming to U.S. copyright law.

  • Requests for materials and photocopies should be turned in by 4:30 p.m. and paid for by 4:45 p.m.

  • Permission must be obtained in writing from the director of the Library and Archives before any item from the collections can be published. More information about Permission to Publish

We reserve the right to prohibit the further use of the collections at any time for failure to comply with these procedures.

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