RCRF Research & Collections Resource Facility
The Research & Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) houses the Depository Library, which consists of more than 3.5 million items from the University of Alberta Library that are less frequently accessed. The RCRF also houses the University of Alberta Archives and is home to a digitization centre. The facility is located on South Campus, just south of the Fort Edmonton/South Campus LRT station and Saville Community Sports Centre.
The RCRF contains environmentally controlled storage spaces to maintain the highest standards for preservation of the Archives and Libraries’ collections. The facility includes a reading room and a multipurpose room for the use of students, faculty, and visiting researchers. All visitors must make an appointment to use the Reading Room or Multipurpose Room.
Access to Items in the Depository Library
Option 1: Place Hold
The “Place Hold” button on an item record allows you to request an item that will be delivered for pickup at any UofA or NEOS library. The RCRF is not a pickup location.
Service Standard: Available for pickup within one to two work days (Monday through Friday) at your selected pickup location.
Option 2: RCRF Depository Library (Microform/Newspapers)
Micro/Newspaper items need additional publication information (e.g., year, specific date, section, article title, etc.) for us to retrieve the item you need. Please use the RCRF Microform/Newspaper Request Form.
Service Standard: Available for pickup within two to three work days (Monday through Friday) at your selected pickup location.
Option 3: Request to View RCRF Read On Site Items Form
Use the Request to View RCRF Read On Site Items Form for viewing at one of the following locations:
- RCRF Reading Room (mediated by Archives)
- Bruce Peel Special Collections Reading Room (mediated by Special Collections staff)
Service Standard: A response will be received via email within two work days with available times for viewing.
Access to UofA/NEOS Items for UofA Distance Users
Registered distance students/faculty can request items directly via the catalogue's “Place hold” option from the University of Alberta, including the RCRF, and NEOS libraries. Select University of Alberta Distance Service as your pickup location and have the items mailed to a work or home address.
To register or for more details about this service please visit our Distance Services page.