Anyone* wishing to use materials in the Reading Room must fill out a Reading Room Application. Please read the descriptions below to determine which application best describes your intended use of materials in the Kilby Reading Room. You may complete the form prior to your visit, or at the Wade Center upon your arrival. Applications remain active during January to December of the current year. Subsequent visits during the year do not require a new form. There is no fee attached to either application.
*Wheaton College staff, faculty, and students follow a different sign-in procedure and are not required to use either of the below forms.
Casual Reader Application – If you are not working on a specific research project or planning a publication, please fill out this application. “Casual Reader” describes those who use Wade Center materials for personal enjoyment or study.
Researcher Application – Please use this application if you are planning a publication (thesis, dissertation, book, article, etc.), or are conducting a research project above the undergraduate college/university level. We request that you inform the archival staff of your plans to research at the Wade Center in advance of your visit, if you have not already done so, to enable us to maximize your research time by having materials ready in advance whenever possible. You will also be responsible for providing photo identification (driver's license, state ID, passport, etc.) upon your arrival.