Peel's hours and services

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Mondays 1-4pm: Reserved for pre-arranged group tours*
Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays-Fridays 1-4pm: Open for drop-in visitors

Mondays: No research appointments
Tuesdays 1-4pm: Reserved for quiet research, by appointment*
Wednesdays-Fridays 1-4pm: By appointment*

*To request a research appointment or a group exhibition tour, please write to us at Please note that Peel is closed April 7th-10th, May 19th, July 3rd, August 7th, and September 4th.

Research appointments: To view rare 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 offering some date options. We 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.

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

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 exhibition visitors, researchers, and members of the Peel team by limiting the number of people admitted to Peel’s reading rooms 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. 

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