Our member institutions continue to adapt to the pandemic in order to facilitate safe research activity where it is possible. Please see below for their particular research policies (updated June 2021):
American Philosophical Society
- The APS Reading Room is currently closed to researchers until 2022.
- Any visitor, contractor, researcher, or other person not on the staff of the APS must check-in at Library Hall. They will have their temperature taken and fill out forms in the event of contact tracing. Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be asked to leave.
- The movement of staff, researchers, and other visitors into the APS buildings will be limited and strong physical distancing measures enforced.
- All staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask when working or moving in public spaces. Although the Society will have spare surgical masks available, visitors are expected to provide their own masks.
- Researchers may submit requests for digital scans, but should expect considerable delays in receiving materials. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
- Caltech is planning to return to full in-person campus activity on September 7, 2021. The Caltech Archives and Special Collections expects to be able to accommodate visiting researchers again at that time.
- Caltech offers digitization by request. Researchers can request specific folders from finding aids, and we’re happy to assess whether their contents support the researchers’ projects and to provide approximate page counts. We then charge 45¢ per page to non-Caltech researchers, with a turnaround time of a couple weeks depending on the size of the request.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Archive
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives will approve in-person research visits on a case-by-case basis. Appointments are required. Archives staff are currently on-site on a limited schedule. Prerequisites for research visits include but are not limited to no recent contact with COVID and no recent travel via public transportation outside of the NY area (i.e. planes, trains, etc). Masks must be worn full-time while inside the building and on the Laboratory grounds.
- Virtual research visits are permitted, dependent on staff availability. Consultation requests must be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:archi
email@example.com>. Requests should be as detailed as possible (include name of collections interested in, box numbers and folder numbers interested in viewing). Any scanning requests must be equal to or less than 30 pages. Exceptions may be made as needed depending on staff availability. Archivists are responding to all reference requests and pointing to digital online resources freely available to researchers including:
- Sydney Brenner Collection
- James D. Watson Collection
- Carol Greider Collection
- Barbara McClintock Collection
- Spring Harbor Symposia Photographs
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Annual Reports
- Eugenics Records Office Collection
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- The Historical Medical Library is currently closed to researchers but we may be able to make exceptions on a limited basis. (The Library space is inaccessible currently due to much-needed renovations, which will likely run through September.) Please email Archivist Chrissie Perella at email@example.com for more information.
- Library staff are doing as much virtual reference as possible, although with lengthier questions and/or large volumes of reference scans/photos, requests can sometimes take several weeks to fulfill.
- When we reopen our reading room, research appointments will be limited due to staff shortages. We will continue to be appointment only, with enhanced cleaning protocols, etc. Researchers can find our policies (last updated June 2021) here: https://collegeofphysicians.org/library/policies. The College is complying with state and city guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols and we will have updated information closer to reopening.
- Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University – Archives
- Open to ANS staff researchers with clearance to be in building
- Digital research copies may be available by request; allow 2-4 weeks for responses
- May be able to consider individual requests to visit archives--contact the Brooke Dolan Archivist (https://ansp.org/research/library/archives/)
- Drexel University Archives
- University Archives staff are currently working on campus for a limited number of hours per week and will fulfill researcher requests for digitized materials whenever possible. Researchers whose inquiries are time-sensitive and cannot be completed with digitized material should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their options.
- Please note that access to the reading room is currently restricted to currently enrolled students and employed Drexel faculty and staff with a current Drexel ID and at the discretion of the University Archives staff.
- Archives staff are available to answer questions and provide remote research consultations, consultations about donating or transferring records to the Archives, rights and reproductions support, and advice about implementing the University’s Records Management policy.
- The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections
- https://idea.library.drexel.edu/islandora/object/lca:root (temporary site for Jan 2021)
- Closed to researchers and appointments through Jan 17, 2021; open for remote use
- Drexel ID cardholders (DragonCard holders) only may visit on-site until further notice
- Contact info: Call us: 215-991-8340 Email us: email@example.com
Harvard (Countway Library)
- At the Countway, our reading room is not presently open. It is unlikely we'll be open to (non-Harvard) fellows before July 1st.
- Digitization of materials is possible, to a certain extent. Contact Jessica Murphy, Public Services Librarian, for more information: Jessica_Murphy@hms.harvard.edu
Johns Hopkins University
- Hopkins Special Collections units are closed to non-JHU affiliates at this time. Access for faculty and students from other educational institutions will be designated for later dates in the phased Johns Hopkins re-opening plan.
- Updates for access to the Historical Collection of the Institute for the History of Medicine can be found here: https://hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/re-opening-plan-for-archives-and-special-collections/
- No scanning services are currently available for these collections.
- Updates for Special Collections and Archives can be found here: https://www.library.jhu.edu/library-departments/special-collections/covid-19-access/
- Special Collections can provide some virtual assistance in locating relevant items and limited scanning on a case-by-case basis. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hall Library
- The Linda Hall Library recently began a phased return to normal operations and new hours. As of June 1, 2021:
- The Main Reading Room will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
- The History of Science Reading Room will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
- Consortium research fellows should contact email@example.com at least one month before their visit to confirm their travel plans.
- All research fellows traveling to the Linda Hall Library from outside the Kansas City metropolitan area must self-quarantine for 3 days after their arrival and produce evidence of a negative COVID test before entering the building.
- Once on site, fellows who provide proof of vaccination are not required to wear masks in either the Main Reading Room or History of Science Reading Room. Unvaccinated patrons and fellows, or those who cannot offer proof of vaccination, should continue to wear masks while working in those spaces.
- For more information, please visit https://www.lindahall.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Academy of Medicine
- The library remains closed to in person researchers, and we do not yet know when we will be allowing anyone to come to the library in person.
- Arlene Shaner works at the library in person several days a week (usually three or four days) and is available for consultation via email or phone. Assistance with research can include examining archival collections held by the Academy to determine whether they contain relevant material, and scanning of archival and printed materials within reason (keeping in mind staffing limitations).
- Currently the Newberry’s reading rooms are closed to the public and fellows, but we have staff fielding reference and digitization requests as they come in.
- On March 2, we are planning to reopening our reading rooms to staff, fellows, and public readers. We will be operating on an appointment basis, with morning and afternoon slots for appointments. At each appointment readers can request up to five collection items – up to the box level – to consult.
- We anticipate being able to welcome short-term fellows to the building in April.
- Princeton's special collections remains closed until the end of August. Our current plans are to open up on August 29. In addition, Mudd Library, which houses the university archives and the Public Policy Papers, is undergoing renovation and will remain closed for at least the rest of the year.
Rockefeller Archive Center
- The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) has been closed since March 2020, with staff working from home. Our current plans are for it to re-open first to staff in July 2021, and then in January 2022 to researchers (subject to change as circumstances permit).
- Our reference staff is permitted very restricted access to the RAC building (at most, once a week) and we are able to respond to requests for digital duplication of folders of archival material from other collections not listed above. RAC charges $0.50 per page, plus a $10.00 for every 500 pages. In other words, when researchers reach 501, 1001, etc. pages, they will trigger additional service fees. It should be noted that due to the very heavy demand for offsite requests of digital copies of archival material, RAC currently has a 3-4 month backlog for these requests. (They are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.)
- During this closure, our reference staff continues to be engaged with researchers both locally and around the world, responding to reference requests and pointing out digital resources available to them online.
- Examples of digitized online resources include:
Rockefeller Foundation officers' diaries
Rockefeller Foundation fellowship recorder cards
Ford Foundation catalogued reports
The records of the Bureau of Social Hygiene
The records of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial
A growing list of archival film, newsreels, and other AV clips on RAC's YouTube page
Science History Institute
- The Othmer Library Special Collections are open to researchers, by appointment, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments must be made and confirmed 24 hours in advance. For information on remote services, please contact email@example.com
- The Smithsonian Institution has announced a phased re-opening of several museums at limited visitor numbers. However, the Smithsonian Institution remains in a maximum telework posture for its non-public-facing employees. Since most curators, archivists, and librarians are working from home, our collections storage areas, libraries, and archival reading rooms remain closed indefinitely. Moreover, given the mandated telework, Smithsonian staff are unable to research onsite collections on behalf of remote researchers. The Smithsonian Institution has not set a target date to re-open for researchers.
United States Naval Observatory
- The US Naval Observatory Library will approve in-person research visits on a case-by-case basis. Appointments are required. Library staff are currently on-site full time. Prerequisites for research visits include but are not limited to no recent contact with COVID and no recent travel via public transportation outside of the DC/MD/VA area (i.e. planes, trains, etc). Masks must be worn full-time while on federal property.
- Virtual research visits are permitted, dependent on staff availability. Appointments are required. Consultations may be made by phone or over email. Library staff are making a concerted effort to freely fulfill scan requests, but each request must be equal to or less than 20 pages. Exceptions may be made as needed depending on staff availability.
University of Oklahoma
- The History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma is currently closed to visiting researchers. We anticipate opening for fall of 2021.
University of Pennsylvania
- At this time the Kislak Center reading room is not open to researchers from outside the Penn community and it is not clear at this time when we will be allowed to do so.
- We are happy to consult with fellows to determine whether we can provide them with the resources they need at this time and to do reasonable amounts of digitization.
- For information on remote research, see https://www.library.upenn.edu/kislak/resources-remote-learning
- The same policy applies to other centers at Penn. More information on policies for the University Archives can be found at https://archives.upenn.edu/
- More information on policies for the Bates center can be found at https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/contact-us/
- For information on the Penn Museum archives, visit: https://www.penn.museum/about-collections/museum-archives
Wagner Free Institute of Science
- The Wagner is returning to its regular schedule for research appointments starting July 6th.
- Monday-Friday 9:30-4:30, by appointment only.
- Yale University has not provided parameters for access to libraries for outside researchers yet. We will update the Consortium as soon as we know.