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We ask researchers coming to use the collections to follow several procedures:

  • Backpacks, bags and purses must be stored in the lockers outside the reading room.
  • Notebooks, computers and personal electronic devices are allowed, including cameras and photography. Staff may assist with arranging material for research and photography.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • Pencils are permitted, but no ink pens or markers.
  • First-time researchers will need to fill out a registration card.

Care is required when handling rare items, and staff will assist patrons in setting up requested material. In some cases, items that are too fragile and available elsewhere may be withheld from use.


We have a limited ability to scan and produce digitized pages from our collections. We can often accommodate specific page requests and short sections for scanning or photography.

Permission for Reproduction of Images

The Center is happy to grant permission to patrons to reproduce images from the Rare Book Collection or our archival material, with no copyright restrictions, under the following conditions:

  1. If the image comes from a book, the image should be accompanied by a citation to the book from which it comes. For example, James Kent, Commentaries on American Law, vol. 1 (New York, 1826).
  2. The image caption must include the following credit line: “Courtesy of the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center, University of Minnesota Law Library,” or “Courtesy of University of Minnesota Law School Archives,” as applicable.
  3. We ask that we be provided with one free copy of the publication in which the image appears.