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Pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order issued March 20, all University Library locations will be closed to the public, including our faculty and students, immediately through at least April 7, 2020. The University Archives will continue to provide reference services to the extent possible while we are unable to work directly with our non-digital holdings. For archives questions please e-mail, illiarch[at]illinois.edu. For non-archives questions, the Library will endeavor to provide virtual services during this time, including online access to collections and virtual reference service. Please see library.illinois.edu/covid-19 for further information about access to library services.

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