THE JULIA NEAL LIBRARY

RESEARCH POLICIES + PROCEDURES


HOURS

The Julia Neal Library is open by appointment only during normal operating hours. By contacting us in advance to schedule an appointment, we can talk with you about your research, tell you if we have what you’re looking for and possibly identify related materials in the collections which may support your research. Please contact director@southunionshakervillage.com or (270)542-4167 to schedule a time to conduct research. A research fee of $10 must be paid upon arrival. Five (five) complimentary black and white photocopied pages are included with this fee. Additional copies are $0.15 (black and white) and $0.25 (color) per page.

PHOTOCOPIES + PRINT-OUTS

Because of the fragile nature of manuscript materials, photocopies and scans of materials are at the discretion of the SUSV staff. Additional restrictions may apply to other materials in the collection.

RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS

Reference materials in the Julia Neal Library and the SUSV collection are stored in closed stacks or storage areas and must be retrieved by and replaced by a staff member.

PROCESS AND USE OF MATERIALS THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL HANDLING

Including rare books, historical manuscripts, photographs, and objects

  • All materials must be handled with care. Hands should be clean and dry. Gloves will be provided when appropriate.
  • Laptop computers and digital cameras are permitted.
  • You must use pencils and notepads.
  • Only use one book, manuscript, or item at a time. When manuscript boxes contain multiple folders, you may use three sequential folders at a time.
  • Manuscripts and photographs must be kept flat on the table.
  • Rare materials must never be used on laps or rested against the edge of a table.
  • Do not rearrange or change the order of materials.
  • Do not mark material or erase existing marks, use pens, markers or highlighters on or near our materials, fold, tear or cut documents, make tracings or rubbings, rest books or other objects on the surface of items, open unopened pages, or touch the surface of loose sheets or book pages if they can be handled by their edges.

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