Peel's hours and services

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is open in a limited way. We are continuing to offer remote research services as well as a limited number of on-site research appointments for those who need to view rare materials in person. We look forward to hosting a new in-house exhibition in the fall term: Ancestors: Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs. In the meantime, please check out our recent digital exhibitions and check out the Peel Workshops scheduled for the fall term.

Hours for the upcoming fall term are posted here.

Remote Research Services: The Peel team continues to serve researchers' needs remotely by answering questions about rare materials, providing researchers with images of materials not otherwise available (whenever possible), and providing links to digital resources that may help to meet current research and teaching needs (see "Peel materials online"). If you have questions that relate to materials housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections, you can send us an email at and you can be assured that we will respond on a timely basis.

Research appointments: To view materials held in Bruce Peel Special Collections, please write to us at to request an appointment well in advance, listing the requested materials including author, title, and call number for each item, and 
indicating which weekday afternoons would work (appointments are generally available Monday-Thursday 1-4pm). We will book research appointments on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a delay, but we will do our best to be accommodating. All normal reading room policies and protocols, designed to protect rare materials, remain in force.

COVID protocols: Although no longer required in all spaces, University of Alberta "strongly recommends" the use of face masks in locations such as Bruce Peel Special Collections which require staff and guests to work in "close proximity." You can be assured that we take all recommended precautions to protect researchers and members of the Peel team by limiting the number of researchers admitted to Peel’s reading room at one time and cleaning the spaces carefully in between researchers.

Like other locations of University of Alberta Library, Bruce Peel Special Collections is open to all researchers, including faculty, staff, students, and members of the general public. 

To find out about the services being offered by other library locations and service points, please check the University of Alberta Library website for current information. If you require general reference support from University of Alberta Library, please consider using the chat service through the University of Alberta Library website. 

Take care!

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