Archival Resources

A guide to archival resources at UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Special Collections Reading Room Rules

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The first time any researcher visits the Special Collections s/he will be asked to complete the registration form and show appropriate identification. On each subsequent visit the researcher will be asked to read through the rules.

1. Visitors must sign the registration book each time they visit the Reading Room.

2. ALL personal belongings are to be stored in lockers

3. Allowed in Reading Room:

  • Pencils
  • Paper, must be stamped by a staff member
  • Laptop and notebooks (will be inspected at conclusion of visit)
  • Digital camera (no flash)

4. Not allowed in Reading Room:

  • Pens, markers or ink of any kind
  • Food, drink, candy (including chewing gum) and tobacco products

5. Researchers are to remain reasonably quiet to avoid distracting others.

6. Cell phone ringers must be set to silent. Calls may not be taken in the reading room.

7. Access to stacks areas of Special Collections is not allowed.

8. Notify a staff member when your visit ends. Present laptops and notebooks for inspection. Special Collections staff reserve the right to inspect all research materials and personal articles before a researcher leaves.

9. Failure to follow these rules may lead to your removal and/or banning from the Special Collections reading rooms.


Ilie, Adrian. "IPhone.jpg.July 25, 2007. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.

Slipstitch Designs. "Messenger Bag - Peacock." Sept. 1, 2008. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.