Research Room Rules and Procedures
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: (800) 410-8354 Fax: (805) 577-4074
Research Room Rules and Procedures
Research room hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, except for national holidays. For more information contact your archivist.
To enter the research room, you MUST speak to the security guard at the Museum Lobby Desk (after 10am) or a receptionist in the staff lobby (between 9am and 10am). In either case, a guard will need to check your belongings before you are allowed into the research room. To enter through the staff lobby before 10:00, ring the doorbell and wait for the receptionist to unlock the door with the remote control
Researchers will wear a Reagan Library researcher’s badge, issued upon arrival to the research room, at all times.
Upon completion of a research application, showing of personal photo identification (such as a driver’s license) and a brief orientation, the researcher will be issued a researcher identification card. This card is valid for one year.
Researchers may not bring personal belongings into the research room. Lockers are available at no charge, but locker keys must be returned at the end of each day. Researchers may not leave items overnight. Upon the researcher’s exit, the research room attendant may ask to inspect notes.
Researchers may not eat, drink, or smoke in the research room, researcher orientation room, audiovisual research room, or researcher locker room. No food or drink should be brought into these rooms. Smoking is permitted outside the building only.
The use of cellular phones and pagers are prohibited in the research room. Please either turn your phone/pagers off, or place it on vibrate. Any phone conversations must be taken into the museum lobby.
Only pencils, Library forms, and personal computers may be brought into the research room. The Library will supply pencils, paper, and index cards for note taking. Flatbed scanners are allowed but must accommodate the full document. No automatic document feeders or handheld scanners are allowed.
Researchers may make photocopies at 20 cents per page. See the self-service copy handout for further instructions. Reagan Library staff can photocopy material for researchers at a cost of 75 cents per page, $10.00 minimum order. For a manuscript reproduction order form, please see the research room attendant.
The use of digital cameras to capture images of documents instead of photocopying is permitted. However, no flash photography of documents is allowed. Additionally, the use of photography equipment may be prohibited if it is deemed overly disruptive to other researchers, interferes with the normal operation of the research room or requires any action that might place the documents at risk of damage. The use of digital cameras to capture images of audiovisual material is prohibited.
To request material, a request slip must be filled out and returned to the research room attendant. No request slips will be accepted after 4:30pm. Researchers may request up to four cartloads at one time, but may examine only one cart of material at a time. The Library will hold material overnight if a researcher intends to continue using it the next day.
Please have only one box, and only one folder from that box, open and on the table at one time. Mark your place in the box with a marker supplied by the research room attendant. Please take the entire box to the photocopier, never individual documents or folders.
Handle the material with care. Do not write on, fold, unstaple, disarrange, or otherwise handle documents in a manner likely to damage them.
A misuse of the documents or disregard of research room procedures could result in a loss of research privileges.