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 can be found in the catalog, may be retrieved by members of the library staff during regular library hours. Books from the Winn Collection, which are not cataloged, can be retrieved by Archives staff by appointment only. Researchers must sign a ledger indicating which books they are using, leave a photo ID with Archives or Reference staff, and use the books in the library under the supervision of a the Archivist or 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 Archives Reading Room under the supervision of the archives staff. The collections are available only by appointment or during Open Hours, which are posted on the library website’s calendar. 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 with the Archivist. Permission of the copyright owner should also be obtained, if not owned by Woburn Public Library.