In order to preserve the integrity of the Research Center and its materials, the following rules are enforced.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the Research Center.
- All briefcases, purses, and other personal containers must be left with a research assistant. A coat rack is provided for coats.
- Only pencils, which can be provided, may be used in the Research Center. No pens or markers are allowed.
- No cameras or scanners are to be used without the expressed permission of LACS staff.
- All materials must be handled carefully. They must in no way be leaned upon, marked, bent, creased, or torn.
- When searching files, visitors may use only one file folder at a time so as to not mix up items from various file folders.
- File folders, books, and all material is to be left on the table when done. Staff will return the material to the correct spot.
- There is a nominal fee for photocopies. Staff will make all photocopies for you; there is no self-service. The Research Center reserves the right to restrict use or photocopying of some research materials including certain bound volumes, oversized sheets, and fragile items.
- The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in his or her use of manuscripts and/or other materials.
- The researcher must inform staff of his or her departure. The researcher must also accept the staff’s request to observe all materials, photocopies, books, etc. before departing.
- By law, the Research Center is given the right to detain any persons suspected of attempting the unauthorized removal of any document, map, book, or other archival material (Wisconsin Statues Chap. 943.60. Test in Laws of 199, Chap. 245). Penalties for archival theft include a fine of up to $10,000 and prison terms from nine months to ten years depending on the value of the materials taken.