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Library Policies

Library Policies

The Rakow Research Library is free and open to the public. If you plan to use our special collections or conduct in-depth research, please use our online system to make an appointment. Library guests are expected to follow general Corning Museum of Glass visitor guidelines.

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Reading Room Policies

  • Library guests must sign in and out at the reference desk on the second floor.
  • Backpacks and large bags are not permitted in the collection areas. Lockers are available for storage.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the reading room, collection, or exhibition areas. Water coolers are available in designated areas.
  • Cell phones and electronic devices should be silenced or set to vibrate when in the Library.
  • Public computers are available for Library research. The Library also offers free Wi-Fi access (network: Rakow Guest).
  • Scanners, iPads, and a color printer are available for guest use. There is no charge for the use of this equipment.
  • Guests are asked to notify a staff member if any “use” damage occurs or if any is found while using materials.

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Use of General Collections

Library materials are non-circulating and must be used in the reading room. Some items may be available through interlibrary loan. There are separate guidelines for archival and special collections. To access materials other than special collections and archives in the secured collection areas, please ask at the reference desk. No materials are retrieved within 15 minutes of closing.

  • Duplication of any material is for reference purposes only. If you wish to use an item for publication you must contact [email protected].
  • Scanning, printing, and non-flash photography of general collection materials is permitted and is self-service. See our digital camera policy for more information.
  • Duplication of audio/visual materials is not permitted.

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Access to Special Collections

Our special collections contain original, unique materials in a variety of media, formats, and conditions. Researchers may access these materials by booking an appointment at least 24 hours in advance of their visits. Special collections are not accessible on the weekends. Finding aids for processed collections are searchable through ArchivesSpace. Records for all of our special collections are in Primo, the discovery system for collections.

Access is subject to any restrictions placed on materials by donors, sellers, museum administration, statute, or by the Rakow Research Library for preservation, processing, and other administrative purposes. For special collections materials, a copy (i.e. microfilm, photocopy, or digital surrogate) may be substituted for the original. The following policies are excerpted from our Access Policy. Please see the full policy for details.

  • Researchers must complete an annual registration form during their first visit and sign in daily. Photo ID is required for registration. [Passport, State driver's licenses, student IDs, Corning, Inc. IDs]
  • Researchers must be at least 14 years old to access special collections materials. Parents or guardians of younger researchers may apply for an exception by contacting the Associate Librarian, Special Collections

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Digital Camera Policy

The Rakow Library permits photography in the reading room. We reserve the right to deny requests or revoke the photograph privileges of researchers. Please take time to review the following policies.

  • Photographs are for reference purposes only, and may not be reproduced, shared with others, published, or posted on the internet. If you wish to use an item for publication you must contact [email protected]. For more information ask the librarian at the reference desk or consult our Ask a Glass Question service.
  • Only digital cameras or cell phones may be used. No flash, tripods, laptop cameras, or special lighting are permitted. Users may not stand on chairs or rearrange furniture to capture a better image.
  • All materials must be handled carefully and staff are available to assist you. Bound volumes must be supported in a book cradle, and pressure must not be applied to bindings. Unbound materials must remain in the original folder and order.
  • The use of reproductions from materials in copyright is subject to fair use provisions of Title 17, United States Code. (see Copyright Notice below)
  • It is the responsibility of each user to keep complete and accurate citations for all items photographed.

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The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The user agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Research Library against all claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of Library materials.

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