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Using the Niels Bohr Library & Archives

The Library welcomes visitors and is open to the public without charge. Its usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for national holidays), but it is advisable to contact the staff in advance to be sure of opening times and availability of materials. The Library is located at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland, easily reached by car, bus, Metro and rail from Washington, DC and Baltimore. It is a short drive from the University of Maryland campus and the Archives II building of the U.S. National Archives.

Access to unpublished collections usually requires approval of an Access Application. The form asks for names and addresses of two scholars as references. Scholars may apply for a grant-in-aid to reimburse costs of a visit.

Many of the Library's resources and much of its information can be made available without a visit. Investigate our holdings online through the International Archival Catalog, Archival Finding Aids, Book Catalog, and the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Our staff will conduct searches of the databases, provide information on photographs, and further assist with research requests. Staff provides reference assistance for up to one-half hour per inquiry; more in-depth reseach is optional and is charged at $40 per hour.

Aside from restrictions on particular items, oral history interview transcripts and microfilms are available on loan to those whose Access Applications have been approved. Many other materials can be photocopied ($.20 per page plus $40 per hour). Please feel free to direct inquiries to us by mail, telephone, e-mail (nbl@aip.org), or fax.


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