Items from the heritage collections of the Allard Pierson are often rare and valuable. That is why we have drawn up some house rules.
- Use the Research Room exclusively to consult material from the heritage collections and the reference library of the Allard Pierson.
- Store coats and bags (including handbags and laptop bags) in the safes (deposit € 1) on the first floor.
- Do not take food or drinks into the Research Room.
- Switch off mobile telephones.
- Always consider other visitors; disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.
Handling precious material
- Wash your hands before handling material.
- Consult no more than four items at a time.
- Wear specially designated gloves when handling some precious items.
- Use only the pencils on the tables for writing.
- Put down the pencil when turning pages;
- Place bound material on the appropriate cushions.
- Do not open a tightly bound book any further than possible.
- Do not place any writing paper on consulted material.
- Place consulted material on the table. Don’t not stack material or place it upside down.
- Fold foldable plates carefully in and out.
- Never take consulted material out of the Research Room.
- Return consulted material to the desk when taking a break.
Weighing precious material
Material can weighed before it is consulted. The librarian weighs it again when it is returned. If a difference in weight is observed, the chief curator will immediately examine the cause.