The West Side Rag just published an online story about the new rules and regs at the NYHS Library. You can read all about it (and my own experience) here: http://www.westsiderag.com/2011/12/01/historical-society-library-wont-let-you-bring-handwritten-notes
I invite your comments. Right now, it doesn't seem I will be able to use the library -- and I'm a member of NYHS -- any time soon. Sad but true.