COVID-19 Access and Service Impacts

Access to Archives & Special Collections - Fall 2021

The UConn Archives & Special Collections has reopened to the public for onsite research visits. We have made some changes to our service model to respond to changing COVID-19 conditions and to best serve our community. Below, you'll find details about our reopening plans, including 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
Walk-ins welcome*

If you are visiting in-person, please book an appointment at least two business days in advance of your visit due to limited walk-in hours and limited space in the reading room. 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.  

*Walk-in visits: Please be aware that access to the reading room for walk-in visitors is subject to capacity limits and staffing resources. Due to scheduled facilities upgrades, please be aware that collections materials may not be available for walk-in visitors. The best way to ensure that resources will be available for your research is to book an appointment in advance. 

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 requires 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. 

Please use our Reproduction Request form to request scans and copies from our collections. We will try to accommodate reasonable requests free of charge, but large or resource-intensive requests may incur a fee. 

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 continued patience as we all work through this dynamic, challenging time! 

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 

    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. Due to capacity limitations, we may not be able to accommodate all onsite course requests.  

    If you would like to discuss specific issues or concerns about onsite or virtual instruction for Fall 2021, please contact Rebecca Parmer. 

     

    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 Rebecca Parmer, Head of Archives & Special Collections: rebecca.parmer@uconn.edu or 860-486-3646.