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NLM Reading Rooms and Services - Conduct Policies

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a research library. Please help us maintain a quiet atmosphere.

We ask all Reading Room users to:

  • Answer and use cell phones outside the Reading Room area;
  • Use portable electronic devices at volumes that can’t be heard by others;
  • Use computer terminals to access scientific and biomedical materials only and not for recreational purposes;
  • Eat or drink outside the Reading Room in designated Library areas;
  • Use AV equipment to view NLM materials only;
  • Handle NLM materials carefully. Help preserve our collection by gently photocopying library materials, using only NLM-provided equipment for document reproduction, and not using sticky flags or notes to mark pages;
  • Limit photocopier use to posted time limits when others need to use them;
  • Leave doorways, aisles, and spaces between tables or carrels free;
  • Leave library trucks outside the photocopy room;
  • Supervise children at all times;
  • Request permission before using photographic equipment and follow the procedure detailed in the NLM Reading Room Policy on Photography Requests; and
  • Use furniture or equipment appropriately.

Your NIH Visitor badge should be visible to the staff at all times.

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