Church History


    Policies and Guidelines


    General Rules of Conduct

    Food and drink are not permitted in the Church History Library. Please ask at the desk for appropriate places outside to picnic or for directions to eating establishments near the library.

    Patrons are welcome to make and accept phone calls in the foyer of the library. However, phone conversations should not be held in other areas so a quiet environment for research and study can be maintained.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. No children under the age of 12 are allowed in the reading room.

    Visitors to the Church History Library are expected to also abide by the following policies and guidelines.

    Computer and Internet Use Policy

    The library provides patrons access to public computers, all of which have an internet connection. Patrons are welcome to use the computers for research but are expected to adhere to the Computer and Internet Use Policy.

    Guidelines for Copying and Obtaining Digitized Material

    To assist with research, the Church History Library allows a variety of methods for copying or digitizing materials in its collections. Information on the processes and what is allowed can be found in the Guidelines for Copying and Obtaining Digitized Material.

    Reading Room Policies

    Patrons using materials from the secure stacks collections will need to be familiar with the Reading Room Policies before visiting the Church History Library and using its materials.

    Guidelines for Handling Items

    The improper handling of records poses the greatest threat to long-term preservation. Please familiarize yourself with the Guidelines for Handling Items to help minimize major risks while you are using items at the Church History Library or other Church history facilities.

    Access Policy

    Like many other archival institutions around the country, certain records in the Church History Library collections are not available for public research. For more information, see the Access Policy.