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Benson Library and Archives Rules of Use

The library and archives can be used by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. To request an appointment for the library or archives, please contact the librarian at librarian@washingtoncountymuseum.org.

The facility is open to all members of the public. In order to provide you with quality service, we have established the following procedures for when you visit the Library:

  • Please sign-in at the front desk and be sure to read these Reading Room policies.
  • Materials in this collection do not circulate, and may only be used in the Reading Room.
  • If you plan to use a large collection or a large amount of materials, we appreciate advance notice to prepare for your visit.
  • No food or drink allowed in the Reading Room.
  • Secure storage is provided for personal items. You may take a notebook, scratch paper, and pencils with you; additional paper and pencils for note taking is available from staff.
  • Laptop computers may be used in the Reading Room. Please leave the carrying case in our secure storage.
  • Please turn off or silence all cell phones.
  • Cameras, scanners and other photo duplication devices are not allowed.
  • Please wash your hands before you handle any archival materials or supplies or after any food breaks.
  • Use pencil only. Pen ink can damage collection materials. Pencils are available in the Reading Room.
  • Handle materials with care. Please do not exert pressure on the materials, such as leaning on, tracing, or writing on them. Gloves for handling photographs are available from archives staff.
  • Please maintain the order in which manuscript and photograph collections are placed in the boxes and folder. Use place markers when removing folders or files from a box, and please remove only one folder or file at a time.
  • If you would like photocopies or scans, please consult with a staff member. Reasonable requests can be accommodated depending on the condition of the materials and staffing levels.