Peel reopens on August 16th with limited access

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The University of Alberta is in a gradual process of reopening following a lengthy closure due to COVID-19. Bruce Peel Special Collections will remain closed until Monday, 16 August 2021, when we will reopen in a limited way. For the fall term, we are planning to offer a limited number of on-site research appointments while continuing to offer remote research services. We will not be able to host a new in-house exhibition before the winter term, but please check out our new digital exhibitions and consider signing up for one of the Peel Workshops that we have lined up for September-October 2021.

Remote Research Services: The Peel team will continue 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 bpsc@ualberta.ca and you can be assured that we will respond on a timely basis.

Research appointments: Researchers who need access to print materials housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections should write to us at bpsc@ualberta.ca to request a research 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 will generally be available Monday-Thursday 1-4pm beginning on August 16th). 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. We will 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, cleaning the spaces carefully in between researchers, and strongly recommending the use of appropriate face masks. All normal reading room policies and protocols, designed to protect rare materials, remain in force.

To find out whether other University of Alberta Library locations and service points are open or closed, 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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