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Reading Room Access Policy

The Eighteenth-Century Reading Room is located in room C/196.05 on the Concourse Level of the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Access to and use of the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room and its materials is by appointment only. To make an appointment to visit the reading room or to use the collection, contact Caroline Fuchs at 212-817-7085 or cfuchs@gc.cuny.edu. Regular office hours for the reading room vary from semester to semester, but we will do our best to accomadate your schedule.

After making an appointment, CUNY faculty and graduate students with valid IDs will be met by Ms. Fuchs at the circulation desk of the Mina Rees Library at the designated time and will be escorted down to the reading room. Non-CUNY researchers wishing to use the materials in the reading room must likewise schedule an appointment but will be met at the designated time at the reception desk in the lobby of The Graduate Center. Please bring a valid picture ID. Permission to visit the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room by non-CUNY researchers does not grant access to the library at large or its resources.

Appointments will be scheduled for a maximum two-hour time block. Additional time will be given to those who have traveled a distance in order to use the collection if prior arrangements had been made at the time the appointment was scheduled. If more time is needed to complete the research, consult the librarian to make another appointment. There is no limit to the number of visits that can be made to the reading room.

Unless otherwise specified, use of the collection will be limited to one researcher at a time. If you are interested in conducting a seminar in the reading room, or working with a partner or small group, prior permission must be obtained.

While researchers may use as many of the materials in the collection as they would like during their visit, use is restricted to one item at a time. Researchers must fill out a Materials Request Form for each item that is desired for use. Notes may be taken using pencil only. Laptops are permitted. Coats, book bags and personal items will be placed in the closet during the visit. Materials in the collection are for use only in the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room. No items may be borrowed or removed from the room. Photocopies or digital images will be made upon the discretion of the librarian, and will be mailed or picked up the following day. There will be no “same day service.” There is a usual charge of 25 cents per page for photocopies.

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