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Using the Collections

Hours and Guidelines

Virtual Access

  • Virtual consultations are available
  • To help with your research, we will:
    • meet with you virtually
    • photograph folder/box contents to share with you
    • scan or digitize content as needed

Reading Room Rules

  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the reading room.
  • Only laptops, paper, and pencils may be taken into the reading room.
  • Please leave personal items outside the reading room.
  • Please silence cell phones.
  • White gloves are provided for handling photographic materials.
  • Use of a digital camera or personal device to photograph materials is allowed.
    • Photographs taken are for private study only; consult staff for permission to use or publish.
    • Staff may restrict photographs based on the physical condition of the materials, copyright law, donor stipulation, or other restrictions.
  • Research materials remain in the reading room.
  • Only 1 box at a time is allowed on the table. Use only 1 folder at a time from the box.
  • Handle research materials carefully. Do not lean, write on, fold, or conduct other actions that may cause damage.
  • Maintain materials in the order presented. Please notify the staff if you discover any material that is out of order, missing, or damaged.
  • Researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use or reproduce materials.


Researchers may request reproductions for personal or public use. Staff may limit reproductions due to donor or legal restrictions, copyright law, condition of the item(s), or quantity.

  • Researchers are responsible for complying with copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code).
  • Reproductions are shared via Google Drive unless otherwise requested.
  • Requests for athletics photos or videos may require approval from Trademark Licensing and Enforcement, Office of General Counsel.

Papers and Photographs

Reproduction services do not include permission to publish.
Low-resolution PDF copy: $0.25 per page
High-resolution scan: $5.00 per image
Requests over 100 pages: additional $15/hour charge
Requests over 25 images: additional $15/hour charge
Staff will photocopy materials on a limited basis for $0.25 per page.

Audio-Visual Materials

Reproduction services do not include permission to publish.
For all formats: $30 per hour of digitized material, pro-rated to the half-hour (e.g., if a video is 1 hr 30 min., then the cost would be $45.).
Some formats are not available for in-house reproduction; the patron incurs any outsourcing costs.


Boise State Faculty, Staff, Students: $10 free per academic year.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish materials requires staff approval and may be subject to fees. Please send requests to with an explanation of the project. Use of athletics photos and videos may require permission from Trademark Licensing and Enforcement.

  • Copyright laws (Title 17, US Code) apply to all scans and copies.
  • Scanning may be limited by copyright and digital marks may be added to images.