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The Reading Room is open to researchers who require access to materials from CRL collections. It has reading tables, microform reader and printers, and a photocopy machine for printed materials. Staff are available to provide assistance to patrons using the Reading Room.

How to Request Materials for Use in the Reading Room

  • Contact the Reading Room Coordinator ([800] 621-6044 ext.347) or the Access Services Department (ext.313 or ext.314) to request titles and volumes to be paged to the Reading Room. Staff must check the shelves before reporting on the availability of requested materials.
  • Within two working days, the Reading Room Coordinator will contact the requester to report on the availability of the materials and to set up an appointment.
  • If material is checked out to a member library, staff cannot predict when the material will return to the shelves.
  • Reading Room appointments are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (CST).

The use of the Reading Room is free to students, faculty, and scholars from CRL member institutions. There is a daily request fee for individuals who are not who are not affiliated with a member institution.

  • Use of the Reading Room is limited to patrons working with CRL materials.
  • The Center for Research Libraries is a secure, private building, and patrons must make appointments in order to gain access to the Reading Room.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are not allowed in the Reading Room.
  • Patrons may not enter the book stacks.
  • Patrons must do their own photocopying.
  • Patrons must remove their personal belongings when they leave the Reading Room.
  • Patrons’ briefcases, backpacks, etc., are subject to inspection by staff.
  • Patrons may bring and use equipment such as laptop computers, as long as the equipment does not produce noise that disturbs other readers.
  • In instances of simultaneous requests for materials or equipment, priority will be given to a patron from a member library.
  • Patrons may not remove CRL materials from the Reading Room without written authorization from a member interlibrary loan office.
  • To keep materials in environmentally controlled book stacks as much as possible, staff may limit the amount of material paged to the Reading Room at one time.

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