Use Policy

USS Birmingham Research Library Use Policy


  • Please submit a photo I.D. to the curator; the I.D. will be held at the front desk while you are working in the research library.
  • Please help guarantee the security of our material by leaving all personal property (including bags and coats) outside the research library in your vehicle. Only pencils, paper, and portable computers may be brought into library.
  • No food (including chewing gum) or beverages are permitted in the library.
  • Staff reserves the right to inspect all personal items (books, notes, computer cases, etc.) on the arrival and/or departure of any researcher.


Using Library Materials

  • The collection does not circulate.
  • Requests for access to manuscript and archival material must be made through the office of the curator.
  • Use NO INK when examining research material.
  • Please wash and completely dry your hands before handling materials.
  • Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance with handling or finding materials; we are eager to help!
  • Please do not mark materials in any way either directly or by writing notes on top of them, or by resting books or other objects on the surface of the material.
  • When finished with materials, please place on the designated return shelves and a staff member will re-shelve.
  • Notify staff when leaving the research library.
  • There is a desktop computer in the library which can be made available for research use.
  • The library has wireless connection capability for research use only.
  • This is a non-circulating library but photocopies can be made on the printer/copier in the library. There is a $.15 charge per copy. Please see staff.
  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the owner of literary rights, including copyright, and obtain permission from the owner of those rights before materials are published or used commercially.
  • Researchers are required to complete a Researchers Registration Form prior to accessing the library acknowledging that they understand and agree to comply with the above regulations. By signing the form, the researcher understands that violation of any of the regulations will result in prohibition from future use of the library collection.



By appointment only during normal business hours.

Contact Information:
Jesse Smith, Curator
Phone: 804-786-2060