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Single Seat Booking @ Archives & Special Collections | John P. McDonald Reading Room

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The John P. McDonald Reading Room will be closed December 11th through January 15th due to renovations. Our virtual reference and reproduction services will continue to operate as normal.

For more information visit, email, or call 860-486-2524.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

You must make your booking request at least two business days in advance of your visit. Booking requests made on Friday or Saturday for the following Monday or Tuesday will require additional staff mediation time and possible rescheduling.

You must provide a detailed list of materials you wish to consult in your booking request including the collection and box numbers. We cannot page materials on demand during your appointment.

If you need assistance navigating our finding aids or catalog to ensure your request is accurate, please reach out to We are happy to help determine appropriate resources for your visit.


What you need to know:

  • Reservations must be made two business days in advance. Appointments made less than two business days in advance will be declined.

  • Bookings are available in the morning (9:00 - 12:00) and in the afternoon (1:00 - 4:00)

  • You may schedule appointment slots over multiple days.

  • Each visiting patron must book a separate appointment with a separate table to register as a researcher.

  • The reading room closes from 12-1pm each day. You will be asked to exit at noon and return at 1:00 if you've booked an afternoon slot.


Appointments can be made up to two months in advance. If you are making travel plans and would like to make a reservation more than 30 days out, please contact us at

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