Rare Books Room
Rare Books Room Policy
The staff of the Stevens-German Library and the Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives is committed to providing access to all of the materials in our care, including the books housed in the Rare Books Room. However, it is also our responsibility to safeguard these materials, particularly those that are rare, or those that constitute irreplaceable documentation of the history of the college. As a whole, both the John Christopher Hartwick Library and the Seminary Library provide an invaluable portrait of the scholarly work of Hartwick’s founder and the early years of the seminary. We are obligated to institute policies and procedures to protect and preserve these materials against theft, vandalism, defacement, alteration and physical damage of any kind. For these reasons, volumes from the John Christopher Hartwick collection and the Seminary library collection are accessible only in the archives and only with the supervision of the archivist or a member of the library staff between the hours of 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Other materials in the Rare Books Room can also be consulted in the archives from 9AM to 5PM. If the archivist is unavailable, or it is after 5PM, books can be consulted and used on the fourth floor of the Stevens-German Library by inquiring at the reference desk during the hours that there is a staff person there. We will do everything we can to accommodate requests to consult materials without compromising their security. We appreciate the cooperation of the Hartwick Community and the larger community of researchers and scholars in preserving and protecting the volumes housed in Hartwick’s Rare Books Room.
Rare Books Curator
Rebekah Ambrose-Dalton, archivist/rare books curator
The Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives
Oneonta, New York 13820