The Glennon Archives special collections are available to all researchers on equal terms. The archives has established such regulations as are needed to protect the institution and its holdings, and such regulations apply equally to all persons. Researchers may access all holdings which are not restricted by law or donor’s agreement; documents which contain libelous information or invade the privacy rights of a living individual may be restricted. Unprocessed materials, and materials which are so fragile that they may be further damaged by use, may also be restricted. Duplicate copies, such as photocopies or microfilm. may be substituted for originals.
Books from the Woburn Collection and the Local History Collection, which are accessible through the card catalog, may be retrieved by members of the library staff during regular library hours. Researchers must sign a ledger indicating which books they are using, leave a photo ID at the circulation desk, and use the books in the library under the supervision of a librarian. Researchers should use pencil only when taking notes, and return all books to the librarian when finished in exchange for their ID.
To protect the historic documents of Woburn, Massachusetts, which are fragile, unique, and irreplaceable, archival materials may only be used in the Local History Room under the supervision of the archives staff. Due to the limited resources of the archives program, the collections are available only by appointment. Archival materials are more complex than books and are not suitable to quick retrieval or reference services, so for efficient service it is best to make an appointment well in advance of a visit.
Archives materials are provided for private study and research only. Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, sell or display materials should be requested by filling out a Permission to Publish form online or in person at the Library Reference desk. Permission of the copyright owner should also be obtained, if not owned by Woburn Public Library.