Staff are available during operating hours to answer questions, assist in locating materials, and provide instruction in utilizing MVSC resources. Personal visits are encouraged for the most effective research assistance. You may find the Using the Missouri Valley Room  page helpful in preparation for your visit.
Staff are happy to help with questions sent by telephone, e-mail, or regular mail, however, e-mail  is the preferred method of correspondence. Queries are assigned to staff members in the order in which they are received. Allow a minimum of two business days for a response.
Fees: There are no fees for staff research assistance. There is, however, a nominal fee to have materials photocopied and mailed (see below for details).
A self-service photocopier is available for use in the Missouri Valley Room. Photocopies cost 10 cents per page for letter or legal size paper or 20 cents each for ledger size. Please keep in mind that there may be photocopy restrictions for rare and fragile materials.
Printing is also available using public computers and microfilm reader/printers in the Missouri Valley Room. The cost is 10 cents per page.
Photocopy Requests: To request photocopies of collection items, you may use the online Photocopy Request Form  or contact the Library’s Document Delivery service at:
The fee for this service is $2.00 per item/article plus 10 cents per page.
Patrons are free to scan, at no cost, microfilmed collections using microfilm reader/printers in the Missouri Valley Room. No public scanner is available for scanning books, magazines, and other collection items. In some instances, staff may allow patrons to use their own scanning equipment or digital camera.
We also accept custom scanning requests for collection items (e.g., photographs, postcards) which have not been digitized. Due to copyright restrictions, fragility, or size, however, some items may not be scanned. Please contact us  to inquire about possible restrictions. Decisions will be made on an individual basis based on the condition of the original, type of materials, and staff availability.
Visit our Photo Order  page for additional information and pricing.
To arrange for a group visit to the Missouri Valley Room, schedule a time to meet one-on-one with a librarian, request to have materials pulled in advance, or to request other special arrangements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 816.701.3427.