COVID-19 Updates for BMRC Member Institutions

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This page was last updated on July 12, 2021

The City of Chicago entered phase five of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 11. We continue to mobilize every resource at our disposal and collaborate with national, state and local partners to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to the virus. Please continue to check this page for resources and guidance and follow us on social media, as information changes quickly. 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.

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. Request an appointment to visit CPL's special collections and archives. For assistance via email, write to or call (312) 745-2080 *You will receive a response within two business days. For information on all Chicago Pulbic Library locations please see our updated Reopening FAQs and Hours & Locations pages.

The Research Center is open! Visitors to the Research Center are asked to register in advance.We encourage you to email 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 currently remains open only to CSU students, faculty and staff only and with retrictions. Individual reference appointments can be scheduled online. University Archives & Special Collections unit remains closed to visitors until further notice. Researchers may also browse the Finding Aids & Catalog or search the Digital Collections. Archives staff continue to work remotely to support research needs, however. Please contact the Archives staff directly via phone during the Library's fall semster hours at 773-995-2246 or via e-mail at for further assistance between 9 am and 4 pm Monday - Friday.

Archives & Special Collections and Center for Black Music Research will re-open to researchers on September 1, 2021. Appoinments are scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM and 3 PM and limited to one hour. To learn more or to make an appointment for remote assistance or an onsite visit, please see the Make An Appointment link at the top of the Archives website. If you have additional questions, email the staff at

Reopened on June 19th. Access to archival collections is unknown You may email staff via or call (773) 947-0600.

Special Collections and Archives will be open to researchers for in-person access by appointment though only on a limited basis this summer. Researchers must make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance of visitiing. Hours are as follows. July hours: Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 AM to 3 PM and August hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 AM to 4 PM​.

Only current Dominican University students, faculty and staff will be allowed in the library in accordance with density guidelines. For Archives related research assistance please contact the staff via email at or call 708-524-6873 or 708-524-6880.

University Archives and Special Collections
expects to retinstate open hours for researchers in August 2021. Due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, however, policies, procedures and hours may change. See the University Archives and Special Collections website to access online finding aids and resources. For any questions or remote assistance, email Illinois Tech's archives staff at or call 312.567.5993.

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.

Appointments are required to ensure social distancing and to allow staff to clean high-touch surfaces and equipment and quarantine collection items after use as needed. Appointment requests must be made at least five business days in advance of your visit. You may submit a request for an appointment online or by contacting us at (312) 255-3506. If you need virtual assistance with your research, contaact Newberry reference librarians at Please visit for updates regarding library operations.

NOTE: Effective July 20, the Newberry will no longer require appointments to use either the General Reading Room or Special Collections Reading Room. Any appointments that have already been scheduled will be honored, but reading room walk-ins will be allowed after this date. The appointment request form will no longer be available beginning July 16th.

The McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives is available by appointment only for Summer 2021. Plan a visit here or request reproductions of materials by creating a user account and filling out the our online request form. Contact us by emailing You may also search the African American Studies – Archives site. For more information and updates see NU Library's COVID-19 Library Updates page.

The Main Library is open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm, and Sundays, 2-6 pm (parking garage closes at 6:15 pm). All floors are open for safe materials browsing; masks are recommended and hand sanitizer is provided throughout the building 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 or CALL 312-341-2280 for more information.

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.

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

The Special Collections and University Archives reading rooms are currently open to faculty, students and staff, but on a limited basis. Reservations are required. Please request your appointment at least 72 hours in advance. Use the SCUA ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ONLINE FORM to schedule your visit. Learn more about visiting and requesting an appointment. If you have additional questions, please email

NOTE: The Special Collections and University Archives reading rooms are reopening August 26, 2020 on a limited basis.  Learn more about visiting and requesting an appointment.