What is a Lock-In?
Frequently Asked Questions about the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan Lock-In
What time do I have to research?
The timing is up to you. You can stay for as long as you want during the allotted time.
What is the age range of participants?
Anyone interested in using the Archives of Michigan or Library of Michigan resources can attend. Typically, it is for teens to adults.
What does it cost?
The lock-in is free. You will need to pay for any copies you make.
Is the night structured or can I do my own research?
The time is yours. You can do your own research. No programs are scheduled during this time.
Do I have to choose where I am going to research?
You can travel freely between the Archives and the Library.
How do I sign up?
An option to register is available during the registration process.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but all guests must be registered. Unless it is announced ahead of time, there are no walk-ins allowed for the lock-in.
Can I bring food or drink to the lock-in?
Sorry, leave your goodies in the car. No food or drink are allowed in the Library or Archives areas. The snack bar seating area, located at the front entrance, is available from 5-6p.
What do I need to bring to the lock-in?
It is a good idea to bring a list of resources you would like to look up. http://answercat.org is the go-to place for inventory of the Library and the Archives.
You will need a research card for the Archives. If you don’t already have one, you can get it the night of the lock-in. A photo ID is required. There is no cost for this card.
You don’t need anything for the library, but you are welcome to get a library card if you wish.
What if I need help?
The staff of the library and archives are available to answer your questions and help with locating materials. Remember, there are more attendees than staff so be patient.