House rules

The IISH has some house rules to make your visit more pleasant and that of other guests. When entering the Reading Room you agree with the following set of rules:

  • Coats, bags, and cases are not permitted in the reading room. They may be left in the cloakroom and free lockers near the ground floor entrance.
  • In the cloakroom, plastic bags are available for bringing in writing equipment, your own books and portable computer (without a case).
  • You are allowed to make photographs of archival documents or publications except for materials with restrictions.
  • For filming, photography (other than of documents) or making sound recordings in the reading room you need permission from the reading room staff.
  • Please, make your phone calls outside the reading room.
  • Hand-held scanners, tape recorders and personal photocopiers are not permitted in the reading room.
  • Food or drink including candy, chewing gum and water bottles are not permitted in the reading room.
  • Bringing animals is not allowed.
  • Readers causing disturbance to other Reading Room users will be asked to leave.
  • The IISH is not responsible for any loss or damage to your property.
  • In case of emergency you should always follow the instructions of the staff.
  • In case of suspicion of theft the IISH will report to the police.
  • Upon violation of these rules the staff can ask you to leave the reading room or the building immediately.
  • In case of repeated or serious infringements, the director of the IISH can deny access to the reading room or the building for a certain period or permanently.