Many special collections and archives are accessible in a separate room from the rest of the library. These rooms are often small allowing for a researchers to work closely with a reference librarian. Below are some general guidelines you can use to prepare for your first visit. These rules may vary between institutions.
You will need to leave any bags (including laptop cases), pens, jackets and food or drink outside the reading room. You might be given access to a private locker or cubby and may need to sign-in.
Many reading rooms will allow you to use your phone or a camera as long as you do not use flash.