Walker Library

Reading Room Policies

Books and other items held in Special Collections can be fragile, old, unique, and often of considerable monetary value. They require careful handling as well as a stable and secure environment. Please observe these rules when using Special Collections:

  • First-time users are asked to complete a registration form and present a photo ID before using materials.
  • Special Collections materials--including reference books--do not circulate.
  • Food or drink must not be brought into the area.
  • Pencils--but not pens--should be used in the Reading Room.
  • Rare books must remain on the work tables. Please do not pick them up and carry them around the Reading Room.
  • The Reading Room is a quiet area. Patrons and staff engage in research, cataloging, and other activities that require concentration.
  • Fragile or rare items may require handling by staff. Use of some materials may be otherwise restricted at the discretion of staff.
  • Photocopying and digital imaging are considered on an item-by-item basis.
  • The current legal status of copyright regulates the photoreproduction of MTSU theses. By law, we cannot photocopy entire or substantial portions of any MTSU thesis without permission conveyed in a letter signed and mailed to Special Collections by the author.
  • Requests for photocopying cannot be immediately accommodated.
  • Briefcases, backpacks, bags, and other items brought into the Reading Room are subject to inspection when visitors leave the area. Lockers are available for storing these items while users are in Special Collections.