Special Collections Research Center

Doing Research

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The Breckinridge Research Room (BRR) provides in-person access to rare books, archival and manuscript collections, public policy collections, Appalachian collections, Kentuckiana, and other materials held at the Special Collections Research Center. All visitors to Special Collections are now required to have a confirmed appointment. Please visit our Account Guide for SCRC Research Services for up-to-date information on re-opening procedures, scheduling appointments, requesting materials for use during an appointment, ordering digital copies of materials, and more.

Security Procedures and User Agreements

In order to ensure the security and preservation of SCRC's rare and unique materials, all users must agree to the following procedures.

The following items are prohibited outside of lockers:

  • Pens
  • Food, drinks, candy, or gum of any kind
  • Book bags, brief cases, laptop cases, purses, hand bags
  • Coats, hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas
  • Large binders or notebooks

Personal laptops, tablets, and note-taking paper or notepads are allowed. Lockers are available for secure storage of any personal items not permitted in the BRR. Pencils and note-taking paper are provided. Special permission must be obtained in order to bring in outside books/notes needed in connection with SCRC materials. A staff person may ask that you store or discard any items not listed above they deem a potential risk to collections. The Breckinridge Research Room is equipped with security cameras and other security devices.

Technology Use

The use of cell phones (talking) in the Breckinridge Research Room is prohibited. You may have a cell phone with you as long as it is set to mute and used silently (texting is okay). Guests may use laptops, but we ask that the audio be muted or that patrons wear headphones. Non-flash cameras or non-flash phone cameras are permitted. Tables are equipped with outlets.

Material Use

Only one item may be viewed at a time. The staff person on duty will check out/in items for you. Boxes and materials should be kept on a table, please do not place boxes on the floor or on a chair. If you need assistance with large or heavy items, please ask the staff person on duty. Boxes and materials must be arranged on the table to allow for clear view between you and the staff person and page on duty. This is for security purposes, proper handling, and to ensure we provide patrons with optimal service.

Please view only one folder at a time, using a place holder to indicate where a folder was removed from a box. Keep all materials flat on the table, turning each page one at a time. Do not hold materials up on your lap, lean on them with your elbows, hit the edges of papers on the table to even them out, or hold them in a bent position. All materials must be kept in the exact order they are found. If you notice something that appears to be out of order, please alert the staff person on duty, do not attempt to correct it yourself. Never place your note taking paper or laptop on top of an item or write over top of an item. Reference books in the BRR should only be reshelved by SCRC staff. At any time, a staff person on duty or page may approach you with a friendly reminder in regards to following our policies, or to adjust use of the materials to better accommodate the condition of a fragile item. This is a normal part of research with original or fragile materials.

Use of Space for General Study or Group Work

Due to the current global pandemic, our spaces are not available for general or group study.

Digital Reproductions

An overhead Bookeye scanner is available free-of-charge in the BRR for patron self-service scanning of SCRC materials. Reproductions made in the BRR are for personal research use only, in accordance with copyright law. Permission to publish must be secured separately. Photocopying of rare books is prohibited. Scanning of rare books may be limited based on the condition of the item. A USB drive is required to save files. Please consult with staff person on duty for instructions on how to use the equipment. If you wish to scan non-SCRC research materials, please visit the Breckinridge Digital Studio, located inside of the BRR.

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