Visitors to the G&LH Room must be 18 years of age or older. Individuals below that age must be accompanied by an adult or visit when the Research Assistant is on duty. Our resources are fragile, so please handle them with care!
Key to the Room
The key to the G&LH Room is available at the library's circulation desk, in the absence of the Research Assistant. The restroom key is in the drawer to the left, as you enter the room.
Researchers are asked to sign the G&LH Room guest book, each time they visit, and to provide a description of their research. This information helps the library to maintain its statistics and know what resources are of interest.
Patrons who require personal assistance are welcome to call the library, in advance, to schedule an appointment. Research requests may also be made via telephone, mail, email or fax. Please allow 6-8 weeks for requests to be processed. Walk-ins are always welcome!
Beardsley Library serves the towns of Winchester, Barkhamsted, and Colebrook. Patrons from other towns or states are not required to be members of the library. To borrow materials, however, they are required to have a current library card from their own town library and to be entered into Beardsley Library's database.
Photographs & Photocopies
Researchers may take photographs and make photocopies of resources in the G&LH Room. Many documents are stored in protective sleeves and may be copied without removing them from the sleeves. The photocopier is located across from the library's circulation desk. Copies are 25-cents per page.
Patrons are asked to leave any resources that they look at on the table for library staff to re-shelve. This enables the library to know what resources are of interest to patrons and to keep our collection in proper numerical order.
Circulating Resources & Inter-Library Loans
Many genealogy and local history resources now circulate and are available as inter-library loans. Those that do not circulate are marked with a "reference" sticker. Inter-library loans are considered on an individual basis. Items that are fragile, valuable, or part of a series do not circulate and are not available as inter-library loans.
Microfilm Reader & Computer
Directions on how to operate the microfilm reader and patron computer are next to the machines. Please feel free to ask a staff-person, if you need assistance operating this equipment.
Wireless connection is available in the G&LH Room, and electrical outlets are available as well.
Forms & Brochures
There are "help" forms and brochures near the guest book and a "Guide to Our Collections."
G&LH research is conducted free of charge, but donations are welcome. They enable the library to expand and maintain its collection and cover the cost of postage and copies.
We welcome your visit!