Research Room Procedures

What Are the Research Room Procedures?

Persons wishing to examine the historical materials in the Library must use them in the research room. The room is open from 9:15 a.m. to noon, and 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Researchers must register once each day. Eating is permitted only in the staff lunch room on the first floor of the Library. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.

Researchers should report to the reception office on the first floor of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. If the reception office is not staffed, researchers can use the telephone provided in the Library Lobby to contact the research room staff.

Before research can be begin, researchers will be asked to produce photo identification (drivers license, passport, student identification card) and complete a brief application form. The research room attendant will explain research room regulations and services. Once the orientation is complete, a research card valid for 3 years will be issued.

Researchers are required to use available lockers for storage of briefcases, ring binders, newspapers, and parcels before entering the research room. Handbags are allowed in the research room, but, on request, must be presented to a member of the staff for examination whenever the researcher leaves the room. Upon leaving the building, researchers may also be asked to present for examination notebooks, packages, envelopes, and books.

Researchers will sign and be responsible for archival materials until they are returned to a staff member. Researchers examining loose, unbound papers and records are requested to use materials from only one folder at a time and replace the materials in the same order as received. If researchers find items that appear to be misfiled, they should bring them to the attention of an archivist.

Pencils, small word processors or laptop computers may be used for taking notes. Tape recorders may be used provided that permission is given by the research room staff and that the use will not disrupt reference activities.

If researchers need more material or wish to consult an archivist, they should inform the research room staff. Researchers leaving the building for the day should tell the staff which materials to hold for them and which to refile.

The Library has equipment for making electrostatic, and sound recording reproductions of materials in its holdings. Photographic services are available upon request. A current Fee Schedule (PDF) for reproduction services is available from the Library upon request.

A self-service photocopy machine is available for use by researchers in the research room.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library accepts most major credit cards or personal checks as payment for copies. Checks should be made payable to the Eisenhower Presidential Library.