Ordering and Use of Manuscripts
Order slips must be given to the attendant in the Reading Room of the Center for Manuscripts and Rare Books. The order slips must be filled out completely, giving the catalogue signature, author/correspondent, title/subject and the user's name and address.
Manuscripts may also be ordered through written application (e-mail: email@example.com) to the Manuscript Department.
How to order photocopies, microfilm and (digital)photos
- Only written orders are accepted.
- There is a special order slip for ordering microfilms and photographs. The slips should contain a precise description of what is to be filmed or photographed.
- The Manuscript Department reserves the right to refuse to copy or photograph very fragile or valuable items.
- Normal delivery time for photocopies is 1 week; for larger orders (more than 100 pages) up to 3 weeks.
- Delivery time for photographs or microfilms is 2-3 weeks.
- Rush orders for photographs and microfilms carry and additional charge of 100%. Express delivery of photocopies can be arranged at extra cost.
- Information as to prices - see here .
Readers may not themselves copy material from the Manuscript Department.
Rules concerning the use of manuscripts
- All manuscripts are to be used with extreme care. The manuscripts must not be exposed to any kind of rough treatment or other manipulation that will affect their physical condition; e.g. by opening a codex by force in a way that could damage the binding. In case of doubt about the handling of a manuscript, consult the staff of the Reading Room or the Manuscript Department.
- Parts of a manuscript, including letters, single leaves and other loose papers must remain in the same order in which they were delivered.
- While reading only pencils are allowed, other writing implements, such as fountain pens, ball point pens etc., must not be placed on the desk while working with manuscripts.
- When using certain manuscripts readers must wear special gloves, provided by the staff of the Reading Room. Readers will be informed of this when the manuscripts are delivered.