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All readers are required to read and agree to a "READER'S REGISTRATION AND AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES FOR USE OF RARE MATERIALS IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS" form, available in the Reading Room, which states the following:

Researchers must have an adult reader registration card (18 and above years of age) at time of submitting requests to access material in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. 

1. Deposit personal property not essential to work in lockers provided by the Division.

Items allowed in the Reading Room:
Phones (on silent mode)
Personal or supplied loose sheets of paper for notes or reference

Items not allowed in the Reading Room:
Bags of any kind
Personal books and bound material

2. Photography is only available after librarian consultation. Permission to photograph items in the collection is based on availability of digitized copies and condition of the items.  

3. Exercise the greatest possible care to prevent damage to items from the Library’s collections.

4. Observe any special handling condition indicated by the reading room staff. Materials are to be consulted in cradles at all times unless otherwise noted by Library staff.

5. Handle the material only at assigned places and return it to a staff member at the issue desk whenever leaving the room.  Remain in the Reading Room until a staff member has checked all returned items. 

6. Submit for inspection any loose sheets before leaving the Reading Room.

7. Acknowledge that the Library neither grants nor denies permission to publish or quote from material in its collections. (Consult with reading room staff about questions dealing with Copyright and the duplication of items in the division.)

If you have further questions, please contact:

The Rare Book Special Collections Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4740
(202) 707-3448

or send an email to: Ask a Librarian

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