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University Libraries - Music Special Collections Policy

Music Special Collections materials do not circulate, and it may be necessary to deny access to some items if they are presently too fragile for use. In the interest of preserving and protecting materials, we ask that the following procedures be observed:

  1. Use of the collections is restricted to those conducting serious scholarly research and requires a USC ID or other picture ID (faculty or student ID from another institution of higher learning, letter of reference from an established scholar, etc.). The ID (or some form of established personal identification) will be kept by the Music Library while materials are in use.
  2. Only research notes, pencils, paper, and computers may be taken to the reading area. Ink, white-out, post-its, food, and other liquid or sticky materials are specifically forbidden. Briefcases, large bags, backpacks, coats, and other personal items should be left with a Music Library staff member, though no responsibility can be taken for the safety of items of value. All personal property may be subject to inspection upon leaving the reading area.
  3. No items may be placed on the materials during their use, nor may materials be marked or altered in any way. Books must not be placed face down with the pages open. Do not write on paper that is resting on library materials. Researchers may be asked to wear cotton gloves when handling certain material. If it is necessary to place materials on a reading stand for protection, the materials must remain on the stand at all times.
  4. Permission to consult Special Collections materials does not convey the right to further reproduce or publish them. Citing, quoting, or referring to materials under the provisions of the United States Copyright laws is permitted; however, extensive quotation, reproduction, and/or publishing requires the permission from the Music Library and the owners of the copyright.
  5. Items requested for audio duplication, photocopying, or other reproduction must be screened by a Music Librarian, both for physical condition and for possible copyright restrictions. Photocopies can only be made by a Music Library staff member. Audio, digital, and photographic reproductions are for personal research only and are not to be placed in another repository without prior written permission from the Music Library.
  6. When work is completed, Music Library employees will return the materials to their proper location, after the materials have been checked and the usage slips marked to indicate return.