Sometimes we need information that is stored in the library archives. The library storage may have newspapers, books, magazines and other resource materials that are rarely used. Most of these materials are kept in the library storage because not a lot of people need them and most of them are clippings from decades ago.
If you want to look through the library storage, you must ask permission from the librarian so that you can have access to the resources. The library unit for the storage may be in a place where unauthorized people are not allowed to enter.
Here are more tips on how to look through library storage:
- Know what you need. This makes it easier for you to know where to start looking. The archives in the library storage may contain a lot of library racks full of books, newspapers and other materials. If you know what you are looking for, you can narrow down you search and it will be easier for you to find the materials you need.
- Ask permission. In some libraries, you need to ask permission to get into the library storage. You can ask the librarian for permission. You may even tell her what you are looking for so that she can direct you where to start looking.
- Scan archives. You will be able to see library racks and library cabinets in the library storage. The resources are sorted according to category. Start looking for the general classification of the subject you are researching. Remember to handle the resources carefully, as most of them are fragile due to old age.
- Copy resources. Most likely, you will not be able to borrow the library product from the storage. What you can do is photocopy the resource that you need so that you can have a copy. In some cases, you will need to use a special mechanism if the writings are too small or if the paper of the resource is already brittle.
- Return resources. Once you are done getting the information that you need, remember to return your material to its proper place. This way, other people will not have a hard time in looking for the same information if they need it.
These tips will help you look through library storage. Remember to thank the librarian after using the resources. Put everything where it belongs or return it directly to the librarian so she can reshelve the items personally. Leave tables and shelves as you found them. You can find lots of fascinating information in library storage. You will be able to know the history of the library, the history of your town, events that happened years ago and other useful information. These resources are kept in storage so that they will last longer. It is important to keep them stored in the right place.