Security and Copying Policies


Security/Locker Policy

For security purposes, patrons using the Research Center-Columbia are asked to leave coats, jackets, briefcases, backpacks, and similar articles in the lockers at the south end of the main corridor.  Only items such as paper, pencils, notes, and laptop computers are allowed in the center.  These items, plus sweaters worn when the room is cool, will be subject to search by Society personnel upon departure.  The lockers require a quarter deposit which is returned when the patron uses the key to retrieve his or her belongings.

Camera Policy

Patrons may use cameras, with the permission of the staff.  For security reasons, camera bags and equipment cases are not allowed in the Research Center.  The Society staff reserves the right to prohibit the photographing of a particular item based on fragile condition or if photography is a known violation of copyright law.  Patrons are responsible for observing copyright law.

No scanners are allowed in the Research Center. 

Photocopying Policies

All copying is handled by the staff except from microfilm.  Patrons should use the Research Center’s microfilm scanners to make copies of newspapers on microfilm.

For preservation reasons, some items in the collection may not be photocopied, including: items protected by copyright, pages from indexes, city directories, items in rare book collections, oversize books, selected irreplaceable county history books, books in very poor condition, tightly bound books that do not open flat, and books printed on newsprint or other poor quality paper.

While the Society attempts to provide prompt photocopy services, same-day service cannot be guaranteed.

All photocopy orders by individuals must be paid in advance.