COVID-19 Access and Service Impacts

Access to Archives & Special Collections

Below, you'll find details about how to schedule research visits, information about facilities work which may impact access to our collections, and how to get support for your research (onsite and online). 

 

Reading Room Access - Book an Appointment

9:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 1:00 - 4:00
Open by appointment only Closed

Open by appointment

Please note that for Summer 2022 the reading room for Archives & Special Collections is closed on Monday, open Tuesday-Friday. 

If you are visiting in-person, please book an appointment at least two business days in advance of your visit. You are welcome to select both morning and afternoon slots on a chosen day or to reserve space on multiple days, if capacity allows. Unfortunately, same-day appointments cannot be accommodated at this time.  

Once you’ve submitted your appointment request, ASC staff will confirm your appointment and follow up with any questions or additional information.  

The University of Connecticut has developed a color-coded COVID-19 alert system to reflect the status of the Storrs campus and its activities, and indicating certain guidelines for all indoor and outdoor activities. As the University responds to changing conditions, access to our reading room and onsite services may be limited from time to time. Current information about our services can be found on our website, blog, and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). 

 

Health and Safety 

The University of Connecticut recommends that all visitors, faculty, staff, and students wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. ASC staff will gladly provide masks to researchers as necessary.  

We have introduced capacity limits and distancing protocols in the reading room. Once capacity has been reached, our appointment scheduling system will indicate that no more appointments can be accepted for that day.  

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. ASC staff will be happy to work with you to reschedule your visit or provide virtual research assistance. 

 

Remote Assistance 

If you can’t visit us in person, we’re ready to assist you remotely! 

We continue to support remote research by responding to research inquiries, digitizing materials, and preparing for virtual classes and instruction. Our staff are available to meet with researchers via email, phone, or virtually by appointment. 

 

Requesting Digital Copies

Please use our Reproduction Request form to request scans and copies from our collections for personal, research, or teaching use. We will accommodate reasonable requests free of charge, but large, resource-intensive, or commercial requests will incur a fee. Please be aware that the expected turnaround time for reproduction requests is currently 2-4 weeks. Learn more about our Reproduction Services and policies.

Please reach out to us at any time with questions, comments, or concerns: 

 

Research Resources 

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you get started in your research. We’ll continue to add to this list as additional resources become available. 

     

    Instruction 

    All requests for instruction should be submitted through our web form: Schedule a Class. All instruction through at least January 30 will be virtual. 

    We have made nearly a million digital objects available through our digital repository, the Connecticut Digital Archive, and can support both asynchronous and synchronous learning sessions. If you’re interested in teaching with us, please reach out at least two weeks in advance of your requested class so that we can work together to determine how best to incorporate our collections into your course!

    If you would like to discuss specific issues or concerns about onsite or virtual instruction, please contact archives@uconn.edu.

     

    Donating to ASC  

    Donating Collections: All collection donations will be assessed individually. Arrangements for onsite appraisals (e.g. visits to donors’ homes or workplaces to assess collections) and delivery or pickup of collections will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

    If you have material you’d like to donate to Archives & Special Collections, please get in touch and our staff will follow up shortly with additional guidance. 

    If you’re not sure who to contact, please send an email to archives@uconn.edu or call us at 860-486-2524. 

    Archives & Special Collections does not accept donations made without prior arrangement or notification. Unsolicited donations that are abandoned on or outside of our premises will be disposed of according to Library policy. 

    Financial Gifts: Your support matters more than ever. Gifts to the Fund for Excellence in Archives & Special Collections play a critical role in supporting our work, enabling us to acquire unique resources, provide opportunities for researchers, develop engaging outreach programs, and make our rich collections available worldwide. If you’d like to explore other giving opportunities, please contact Roxanne Peck, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Discovery and Interim Head of Archives & Special Collections: roxanne.peck@uconn.edu or 860-486-4501.