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Reading room regulations and service statement


The reading room regulations apply to objects belonging to the Library’s special collections department. These objects include rare books, manuscripts, private archives, photographs, maps, drawings and more. Objects produced or printed before 1921 can only be used in the special collections reading room. Note that the regulations may also comprise objects of a more recent date.


  • Materials are to be requested at least 1-2 days prior to visit via spesialsamlingene@ub.ntnu.no.
  • Outerwear, bags, backpacks, folders and umbrellas must be placed in lockers, available outside the reading room area. Ask staff for directions.
  • Only pencils may be used in the reading room.
  • Handling of objects requires clean hands. Hand cream is not allowed. Staff will advise on the use of gloves.
  • Self-service copying is restricted, please ask staff for help.
  • Collections materials must not be used as writing support and it is not allowed to use post-it notes.
  • Personal book supports are not to be used without the permission of staff.
  • Food or drink is not permitted.
  • Please consult staff prior to taking photographs or using the copy machine.
  • The reading room is opened with appointment.
  • The material must be returned to the staff before you leave the reading room.


What our Special Collections staff can help you with:

  • Collect and bring materials to the special collections reading room.
  • Suggest literature and photographs based on the user's specific descriptions.
  • Scan and digitise photographs and historical source material. Fees apply.
  • Photocopies can be made upon consultation with staff.


What we cannot do for our visitors:

  • Read through literature and manuscripts on behalf of the users.
  • Let visitors into storerooms and collections.
  • Keep the reading room completely silent at all times.