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Reference Reading Room Rules

Welcome to Special Collections and University Archives at California State University Dominguez Hills. The Archives is focused on supporting the research and teaching needs of students, faculty and staff at CSUDH. Because our collections are unique and not found elsewhere, the Archives also serves the needs of visiting scholars and the community.

The University Archives documents the administrative process by retaining both the evidence that shapes decisions and the decisions themselves. The scope of the records collected include:

Because the Archives Department holds rare, unique, and other special research material, the stacks are closed to researchers. The materials in these collections are available for research use in the Reading Room. In order to insure the preservation of our collections for current and future researchers, we ask that you follow these simple rules listed below:

Reference Reading Room
  • Anyone interested in viewing the Archives exhibitions in the reading room or in the History Walkway is welcome to do so during regular hours.
  • Please register and sign in upon entering the Reading Room
  • The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room is reserved for patrons using archival and rare book materials. This also applies to the computer terminals in the reading room. Material may not be requested one half-hour before closing.
  • Only note papers, pencil, laptop computers and research materials are permitted at Archives work tables. Brief cases, backpacks, coats, and other items must be left in the designated lockers. Pens can not be used in the reading room.
  • Materials do not circulate and must not be removed from the reading room. Browsing of Rare book items in the Reading Room is permitted, but staff must remove books from the shelf. Browsing is not permitted in the Rare Books Room. Items will be brought to the researcher. Researchers may have one folder, one photo box or one book on the research table. Other materials should be on a cart. When a folder is removed an “Out” marker will be placed where the folder was removed. Do not remove items from a folder or shift the order of items in a folder. Please maintain the existing order of records in a box or folder. Do not remove photographs from their sleeves without permission. No post-it should be attached to materials.
  • Please limit conversation to avoid disturbing others. Eating, drinking (including covered beverages), and use of cell phones and other electronic entertainment devices are absolutely prohibited.
  • U.S. Copyright Law applies to all materials in Special Collections and University Archives. In addition, reproductions of material from Archives and Special Collections may not be published in any form including placement on CD-ROM, video disk, publicly accessible storage and retrieval systems, or the Internet without written permission for use.
  • Some materials may be copied by patrons, but this is entirely based on the condition of the item. Do not remove material from the work table without staff permission. Other materials may be copied only by Archives staff. Photocopy order forms may be obtained at the reference desk. Staff will make every effort to get materials copied within 24 hours. Some materials may not be photocopied, including: rare books and fragile, oversized and bound manuscripts.
  • Digital cameras are permitted in the Reading Room, but only for use in accordance with the Archives photocopy rules and copyright policies. Flatbed and other scanning devices are not permitted in the reading room, and scanning of materials by patrons in not permitted.
  • When finished with research materials please let staff know.


Rare Book Room
Rare Book Room Holding published materials from the 16th-20th century, the Rare Book Room is available for classroom presentations, special presentations, and faculty gatherings with a Special Collection focus. Most rare books will be used in the Archives Reading Room. Access to the room for special project initiatives relating to 20th century literature, 19th century exploration and other topics may be allowed for faculty and graduate students. Regular Archives hours are M-F 9-4. A screen is available in conjunction with meetings or presentations. The presence of food or beverages including water is inconsistent with the attempt to preserve these books. Please do bring food or beverages in the Archives. Other rare books or special collections of books mostly on California, Latin America and the CSU System are available on the Archives Reading Room stacks. While the books are available for browsing, staff will pull individual books for patrons.


Multicultural Reading Room
Multicultural Reading Room Intended as a quiet space for readers, the Multi-Cultural Reading Room is located on the Fifth Floor of the South Wing of the Library in room 5021. Access to the Room is by appointment. All materials in the Room are donated and represent a wide range of art books and books focused on cultures around the world. The Library welcomes donations. The ladder in the room is for staff only. Books can not be checked out at this time.


Multicultural Art Gallery
Multicultural Art Gallery Consisting of exhibitions that focus on many of the cultures of the world, the Multi-cultural Art Gallery is located on the Fifth Floor of the South Wing of the Library (room 5015). Contact Library Administration for tours of this area.