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You must open an Aeon account in order to use materials in our reading room. With an Aeon account you can:
When you arrive, a staff member will greet you.
You will be asked to place your belongings by the coat rack and sign in.
You can bring a pencil and your personal device into the reading room. We will provide note paper and pencils for users.
You can request material online through your Aeon account during or before your visit. If you're not sure what you want to look at, a staff member can help you find materials of interest.
You'll settle in at a reading room table, and a staff member will bring requested materials to you.
To keep our collections organized, we ask you to use a single folder and box at a time. When looking through a folder, turn the pages like you're reading a book to keep them in order.
We get it--archives have a lot of rules.
We ask you to wash your hands, lock up your bags, open an online account, sign in, use only pencils, don't take notes on your own paper, only use one folder out of one box at a time........the list goes on.
Archives use these policies because our materials are irreplaceable. We're thinking about the big, BIG picture. Every rule we have is designed to make sure our materials remain available and in good condition for researchers today, tomorrow and 200 years from now!
Keep track of where you find a document to be able to properly cite it later. Each finding aid includes the preferred citation format for that collection. Our general template:
Name of the Collection, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.