UPDATES on CLOSURES and REOPENING PLANS for BMRC Member Institutions
CITY OF CHICAGO COVID-19 UPDATES
The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: “Protecting Chicago” framework: Gradually Resume. 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.
NOTE: The Maker Lab is closed until further notice. Study rooms, music practice rooms, computer help, and tours and field trips are unavailable at this time
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL (312) 745-2080 *You will receive a response within two business days.
NOTE: Most CPL locations have reopened. For information on all library locations please see our updated Reopening FAQs and Hours & Locations for more information.
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
The Research Center is OPEN! Fall hours are: Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 - 3:30 PM. Visitors to the Research Center are asked to register in advance. We encourage you to email email@example.com before making a reservation to ensure that an on-site visit is best for your needs. You may also call 312-642-4600. Please note that the Research Center is observing reduced capacity to allow for safe social distancing among researchers and staff. Six (6) spots will be made available per day. Reservations need to be received at least 48 hours in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Special Collections and Archives will remain CLOSED through the end of 2020 for in person visits. Remote services are available via email at email@example.com.
Click here to make an appointment. Also see the Center for Black Music Research collections database.
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 Reading Room is currently CLOSED. 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
During the fall semester, 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.
NOTE: The Archives are open Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.CST; Weekday morning visits available by appointment. 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 fall 2020 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. Further information can be found at Archives Access Fall 2020.
THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY
Starting at 4pm on Thursday, November 19, the Newberry's reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop will close to the public until further notice. While the Newberry building is closed, there are 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
Deering Library is closed in Fall Quarter 2020. The McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives is available by appointment only. Please set up an appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Youmay also search the African American Studies – Archives site. For more information on remote resources and services, see the COVID-19 Library Updates page.
OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Main Library is closed and will remain closed for 30 days, starting Monday, November 16. After those 30 days, we will determine—based on the environment and any subsequent orders and advisories—whether to reopen the Main Library on December 16. Search Collections and browse the Local History & Genealogy section, as well. Read more and stay current about COVID-19 updates
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, 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. Last-minute appointments will not be possible. 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.