UPDATES on CLOSURES and REOPENING PLANS for BMRC Member Institutions
CITY OF CHICAGO COVID-19 UPDATES
Chicago is in Phase 4 without any mitigation measures. These restrictions are the most up to date and take precedence over the industry-specific guidelines if there are points of contradiction. For information on travel and business related public health orders, visit the City's COVID-19 Public Health Orders page. To find more specific COVID-19 data for the City, see the COVID-19 Dashboard page.
CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY:
The Harold Washington Library Center is open daily during these hours. Prepare to visit the HWLC Special Collections and Preservation Division by first completing the Request an Appointment form.
The Vivian G. Harsh Collection @ The Woodson Regional Library is open but with restrictions. At this time, access is by appointment only. Request an appointment to visit CPL's special collections and archives. For assistance via email, write to email@example.com or CALL (312) 745-2080 *You will receive a response within two business days. For information on all library locations please see our updated Reopening FAQs and Hours & Locations pages.
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Research Center is reopening on Tuesday, March 2! Visitors to the Research Center are asked to register in advance.We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org before making a reservation to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs. You may also call 312-642-4600. Reservations need to be received at least 48 hours in advance. Please note that the Research Center will continue to observe reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing among researchers and staff. Six (6) spots will be made available per day.
CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY Archives & Special Collections
While the Gwendolyn Brooks Library at Chicago State University reopened as of August 24, 2020 to CSU students, faculty and staff only, the University Archives & Special Collections unit remains closed to visitors until further notice. Archives staff continue to work remotely to support research needs. Researchers may browse the Finding Aids & Catalog or search the Digital Collections. Please contact the Archives staff directly via phone during the Library's fall semster hours at 773-995-2246 or via e-mail at email@example.com for further assistance. Fall semester hours are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
Archives & Special Collections & the Center for Black Music Researchare open to Columbia College Chicago faculty, staff, & students. Remote services, online research sessions, and digital offerings are available to all - just contact us!
THE DuSABLE MUSEUM
CLOSED with no targeted reopening date at this time per the main website. You may EMAIL staff via firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL (773) 947-0600.
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
The DePaul University Library is committed to continuing to support teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special Collections & Archives staff are working remotely and continue to provide the virtual services, including reference service, access to digital collections and occasion instruction via Zoom. To request assistance, contact SPCA staff. Additional updates are available via the library’s COVID-19 guide on the main library website.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Only current Dominican University students, faculty and staff will be allowed in the library and dependent on density guidelines. For Archives related research assistance please contact the staff via email at email@example.com or call 708-524-6873 or 708-524-6880.
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES
The Galvin Library will be open with reduced hours in order to provide responsible continuation of services to students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 virus. More details are available via the Service Continuation guide.
For remote assistance and more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.567.5993. Also see the Special Collections and Archives website to access online finding aids and online resources.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Loyola Archives & Special Collections staff have limited hours on campus according to the University's policies on de-densification and social distancing. The best way for Special Collections staff to provide the greatest amount of access to collections for spring 2021 is via remote access. Further information is available under our COVID-19 Updates. Please use the Ask the Archivist form to submit reference questions during our usual hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY
On Tuesday, March 2, the Newberry will reopen its reading rooms, galleries, and bookstore. The reading rooms will reopen by appointment. Due to capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all appointment requests, but we’ll do our best. We ask that you submit your appointment request online at least five business days in advance of your visit. In compliance with an emergency travel order issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health, visitors arriving from outside Illinois must take certain safety measures before visiting the Newberry. There are also myriad ways to connect with us online. Take a look at Explore the Newberry Online. Please visit newberry.org/covid19 for updates regarding library operations. If you need virtual assistance with your research, Newberry reference librarians are here to help. Contact us at email@example.com.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
For access to materials from McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. All other non-circulating materials can be requested via NUsearch. Non-circulating materials can be used at reservable study spaces by appointment. You may also search the African American Studies – Archives site. For more information and updates see NU Library's COVID-19 Library Updates page.
OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
As of March 1, the Main Library open-to-the-public hours returning to Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm. Branch libraries remain closed. Learn more about the OPPL's grab-n-go services at the Main Library digital library, virtual support and services. You may also search collections and browse the local history & genealogy section, as well.
All Rebuild sites are temporarily CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 Click here for our virtual community offerings. Learn more about the Archive House
The libraries are now open physically and will continue to operate online to support Roosevelt University students, staff, and faculty. Please review their COVID-19 Services page for specific limitations. External researchers should contact the University Archivist, Laura Mills at email@example.com or CALL 312-341-2280 for more information.
SHOREFRONT LEGACY CENTER
Currently the Center is CLOSED except on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM You may CALL 847.864.7467 for questions and assistance.
UNIVERSITY of CHICAGO LIBRARY
The Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) reading room is open by appointment only to current University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff. Learn more about the digital collections and resources in Special Collections. Submit a query online using the SCRC CONTACT FORM
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at CHICAGO LIBRARY
The Special Collections and University Archives reading rooms are OPEN to faculty, students and staff, but on a limited basis. Reservations are required. Currently, only one researcher at a time will be permitted in each reading room for 4 hours maximum, on a first come, first serve basis, from 10 am - 2 pm. Please request your appointment at least 72 hours in advance. Learn more about visiting and requesting an appointment. Use the SCUA ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ONLINE FORM to schedule your visit. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.