COVID-19 Access and Service Impacts

The UConn Library has begun a phased plan for resumption of on and offsite library services: Currently, we are in Phase 2. As we move between phases and resume onsite services, we will update our website and social media channels accordingly.


Access to Archives & Special Collections

The John P. McDonald Reading Room will remain closed to researchers throughout Summer 2021.

We look forward to the time when we can welcome you back onsite safely – until then, we are ready to assist you remotely!

Our staff are working on answering research inquiries, digitizing materials, and preparing for classes and instruction. Staff are available to meet with researchers via email, phone, or virtually by appointment.

We will do our best to assist you as the situation and our services allow. Please be aware that there may be some delay in the fulfillment of research and reproduction requests. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this dynamic, challenging time!

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



If you are interested in teaching with ASC collections please submit a request using the form below. Our staff will be in touch shortly to help determine how to best incorporate our collections into your course, from digitizing materials to conducting synchronous or asynchronous sessions. If you would like to discuss specific issues or concerns about virtual instruction for Summer 2021, please contact Rebecca Parmer.


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.


Donating to ASC during COVID-19

Donating Collections: While we are continuing to accept collections under limited, previously arranged circumstances, some aspects of our work with donors have been temporarily impacted:

  • In accordance with University policy, we are unable to host onsite visitors at this time. Staff are available to meet with donors via phone, email, or virtual conferencing.
  • Onsite appraisal and assessment of collections (e.g. visits to donors’ homes or workplaces) have been temporarily suspended.
  • All collection donations will be assessed individually, and arrangements for 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 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 Rebecca Parmer, Head of Archives & Special Collections: or 860-486-3646.