Historical Research Department Rules
contact: Debra Charpentier
Materials in the Historical Archives have been painstakingly arranged, preserved and indexed by paid and volunteer staff members over the last two decades. Many items are rare or even unique. To provide access to these materials, while assuring their survival, it is necessary to restrict the use of them. We believe the Millicent Library is unusual for a library of its size in the amount of resources dedicated to the historical archives.
The archives are open to the public only when the archivists are on duty. Access to this area may vary according to the staffing needs of the library. In other words since the staff of the archives may be working in another area of the library at any given time, researchers should always call ahead and speak directly to the archivist to make an appointment. Other arrangements may be made in advance. Researchers are advised to adhere to the Standards For Using Records Repositories and Libraries recommended by the National Genealogical Society.
No one is to be left unsupervised in the research room.
Materials in this section of the library are unavailable for circulation-they are in many cases too fragile even to photocopy. The Archivist will be happy to take requests for information and research them for patrons not able to come in during the regular hours of operation, but only as time and staffing allow.
No archives materials may be taken from the library. Materials may be used by patrons in the main part of the library after archival closing times, but only if staffing permits retrieval. In such cases only one archival item at a time may be used. A form of identification, such as a driver’s license, is required as a deposit while the materials are being used and will be returned after the materials are returned to a staff member. Brittle materials may not be photocopied. Always check with a staff member before photocopying.
Users of materials at the Millicent Library accept full legal responsibility for observing the current copyright law, as well as the laws of libel and invasion of privacy and property rights. Please remember that unpublished and unregistered materials are still considered to be copyrighted.
Any questions regarding any of these rules should be addressed to the Library Director