Reading Room Policies

In order to protect the rare materials housed by the Lear Center, we ask you to observe the following rules:

  • All readers will be asked to fill out a registration form. Groups using materials only need to fill out a single form. New readers may be asked to show photo ID. College ID is accepted.
  • Only Lear Center staff may page materials. Lear Center stacks are not open for public browsing.
  • Food, beverages, and smoking are not permitted.
  • Only pencils may be used once materials have been paged.
  • For the comfort of other readers, we ask that you not use cell phones in the reading room.
  • Materials may not leave the reading room.
  • Book cradles will be provided for fragile materials. For the safety of fragile books we ask that they remain in the cradles.
  • Do not lean on, mark, or take notes upon material.
  • Leave material flat on the table, unless a cradle has been provided.
  • Please keep material in the order in which you found it. Do not rearrange material within folders.

Contact Information:

Benjamin Panciera
Ruth Rusch Sheppe '40 Director of Special Collections
Phone: 860-439-2654


Rebecca Parmer
College Archivist
Phone: 860-439-2686


Linda Lear Center for
Special Collections & Archives
Charles E. Shain Library
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320