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Burns Library Services


Requesting Copies

Reference & Instruction Services at Burns Library

Copy Services

For the convenience of our researchers and to facilitate their use of our collections, Burns Library supports both self-service photography and staff-filled copy requests.

Self-service Photography

  • Subject to copyright or any other legal restrictions and policies set forth here, researchers are welcome to use smartphones and other personal, hand-held digital cameras to photograph collection materials in the reading room for personal use; all devices should be placed in silent mode.
  • Flash photography, tripods, special lighting, extra equipment, and scanners are not permitted.
  • Burns Library reserves the right to limit or refuse self-service photography for certain materials due to various considerations, including but not limited to concerns regarding safe handling of materials or donor or legal restrictions.

Staff-filled Copy Requests

  • Burns Library provides limited reference-quality copy services free of charge; each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may not be filled due to various considerations.
  • Burns Library complies with laws regarding copyright and fair use when providing copies of materials. As a general matter,
    • staff will not furnish copies of entire published works currently under copyright;
    • staff will not fulfill requests for entire or significant portions of archival collections;
    • staff will not copy the entirety of an unpublished manuscript or proof.
  • Researchers are limited to 100 pages or images per academic year, and no more than 100 scans from any single archival collection over time.
  • Accurate citations are required to fill copy requests.
  • Requests for copies are normally completed within five business days; larger requests may require additional time.