Our full guide to visiting the Library has lots of good information and advice, but here are some of the most important things for History Day researchers to know before they arrive:
A variety of items are not allowed in the reading room, including:
All researchers at the MNHS Library have to register and get a library card when they first visit. This process is very simple. If you have a photo ID--like a driver's licence or permit--you will show that. If you do not have a photo ID, your parent or guardian can show theirs and you will both get cards.
When you get your card, be sure to tell the registration desk staff that you are working on a History Day project. You will get a special sticker on your card identifying you as a History Day '14 researcher and it will help us continue to provide special assistance to History Day students!
Most of the materials in our collections are in closed stacks. This means that once you find materials that you would like to use in the catalog or a finding aid, our staff must retrieve the items and bring them out to a research table for you.
If you are at the MNHS Library, you will request materials using special request-slips that are located by every computer and at the Reference Desk. (Detailed instructions for request slips are in our full Guide to Using the Library.)
Hints for time-management:
Requesting materials in advance can save you a lot of time:
The Copy Services window is where you can order photocopies, photographic reproductions, and media duplication from items in the collections. Most items in the collections may be copied, unless they are too fragile or are subject to restrictions. The cost is $0.25 per page for standard-sized, same-day photocopies. (Detailed copy pricing list)
Researchers can take non-flash photos of most items for research purposes. Before taking any photos, please ask at the Reference Desk to be sure an item can be photographed. (Camera Use Policy)
The MNHS Library is always staffed with librarians who are happy to help with your research. Just ask at the Reference Desk!
During History Day season (late December through February) a History Day Help Desk will be located in the Library on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.