In accordance with UConn’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the John P. McDonald Reading Room in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center will be closed to the public until further notice. During this time, we have adjusted some of our services to increase our capacity to provide virtual research services and reproductions. The current expected turnaround time for reproduction requests is one month. If you have any questions regarding our collections and reproduction service, please email us at

Archives & Special Collections is located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut; our collections are open to the public. When the shutdown lifts researchers can once again access them in the John P. McDonald Reading Room. You can fill out the Researcher Registration Form online ahead of time or onsite on the day of your visit. Please see our Reading Room policies for additional information.


There is no visitor parking available near the building. We recommend that visitors park at the South Parking Garage, about a five-minute walk from Archives & Special Collections. If you require assistance in getting to our building from the South Parking Garage, please contact the accessible parking page.

Please note that we do not validate parking.

Walking Directions from South Parking Garage:

Cross Hillside Road (Gampel Pavilion will be on your left). Walk straight toward the Whetten Graduate Center with the Student Recreation Center on your right. As you approach the Whetten Graduate Center, you will see a small staff-only parking lot on your right. You can enter the side door of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and follow the corridor to the front lobby, or continue straight to the plaza between the Dodd Research Center and Homer Babbidge Library and enter through the Dodd Research Center’s front door into the lobby. The McDonald Reading Room will be immediately in front of you


Please contact us at (860) 486-2524 or by email at if you have any questions in advance of your visit. Our mailing address is:

Archives & Special Collections
University of Connecticut Library
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205