Suggestions for Preparing For Your Research Trip to the NSHS (pdf)
This flyer provides advice in the use of our website to prepare for your research trip to the NSHS Library/Archives Reference Room.
Library assistants and volunteers are on hand to assist you with your research questions and requests. All staff wear name tags to help you identify them. If you are unfamiliar with the facility and collections, please let us know and we will be happy to give you a brief introduction to our collections, finding aids, and services.
Patrons are required to register daily at the Reference Desk. Coat racks and free lockers are located to your right as you enter the library. No briefcases, packages, purses, or fanny packs may be taken into the room. Patrons must use only pencil when taking notes. Pencils are available at the desk and on the tables. No food or drink is allowed in the room. Laptop computers are allowed in the Reference Room, but the use of personal scanners and copiers is strictly prohibited. Photocopy and scanning services (for a fee) are available upon request. The use of personal cameras is allowed on a LIMITED basis. See our Personal Camera Use Policy (PDF) for more detailed information.
Most of the library and archives collections are stored in secure stacks which are closed to the public. These collections are cataloged and can be located by using the card catalogs and finding aids noted on the map. Collections and books can be requested by filling out Call Slips which are located next to the various card catalogs. Generally materials requested are retrieved within a very short period of time. However some collections are stored off site and cannot be retrieved on the same day that they are requested. Materials from the stacks will not be retrieved between 12:00 and 1:00 and after 4:00 daily. Weekend reference service is limited and archival and photographic materials which are not on microform cannot be retrieved on Saturdays. Patrons can request retrieval of materials by the Wednesday of the preceding week for use in the Library on Saturday.
Photocopy services are available for all but a few oversize or fragile items. Self service copy machines for library materials and microfilm are located in the center of the library and change for small bills can be obtained at the Reference Desk. Original manuscripts, public records, photographs, and maps must be copied by staff. Library staff will be happy to explain how to order copies from these collections. Most copies cannot be made immediately upon request, but Copy Orders will be filled as soon as possible depending upon the size of the order and copy staff availability. Patrons may either pick up their order or make arrangements to have the material mailed.