We’ve Reopened!

UPDATE: Beginning Monday, August 9, appointments will no longer be necessary and we will be open Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00. We are also available for virtual research consultations, which you can schedule by emailing us (hpnl@library.illinois.edu).

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL) is now open by appointment. Our summer hours will be as follows:

  • Monday: 9:00-12:00, and 1:00-4:00.
  • Tuesday: 9:00-12:00, and 1:00-4:00.
  • Wednesday: 9:00-12:00, and 1:00-4:00.
  • Thursday: 9:00-12:00, and 1:00-4:00.
  • Friday: 9:00-12:00, and 1:00-4:00.

The HPNL will close each day, from 12:00-1:00, for a lunch break. You can book appointments for up to three straight hours in the morning, and three straight hours in the afternoon (subject to appointment availability).

During your appointment, you will have access to all the HPNL’s collections and services, but for assistance from a subject specialist librarian please continue to use our Request a Research Consultation form, as subject specialist librarians will not be working fixed hours in the unit.

If you need to use a print newspaper during your visit, please contact us in advance so that we can make sure we have your newspaper on site and ready to use before you arrive (all our print newspapers must be retrieved from an off-campus storage facility).

You are also welcome simply to study during your appointment.

Patrons not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Each appointment is for one individual, with four appointments available at any given time the unit is open. When you arrive for your appointment, knock loudly at the door; a staff member will admit you to the unit. Identify yourself by name during check-in. If you are in the unit to study, please choose a study table not already being used by another patron. There will be one chair at each study table. We will begin asking patrons to leave fifteen minutes before their appointments end. Do not enter designated staff work areas. If you need assistance, ring the bell at the circulation desk.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you!

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