Reuther Library Access Update, Fall 2020

The Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs continues to serve your needs as researchers with a focus on safety considerations to keep our staff, researchers, and communities healthy. We are pleased to share our plan for research operations this fall. Though we are not offering walk-in visits at this time, we have developed a plan for safely expanded access.

Current plans are based on best practices and guidelines laid out by the State of Michigan, the archival profession, and Wayne State University. We expect that they will evolve over time.

As you embark on your research, we ask that you take the following steps:

  1. Search our collections at or
  2. Once you have a sense of the material you’d like to use for research, contact us by email at or use Ask an Archivist. An archivist will be happy to discuss ways to meet your research needs. We will handle as many of your requests as possible remotely.
  3. An archivist may determine that your research needs require an in-person visit to our Reading Room. Beginning Sept. 1, Reading Room access is available to WSU students, faculty, and staff. Learn more about how to prepare for an appointment.

    We are deeply committed to serving our community beyond Wayne State. We will work with you to meet your needs as best we can remotely for now. As soon as it is safe to do so, we hope to welcome you in person again.

  4. If you are part of a donor organization with materials at the Reuther and need access, please contact us directly to discuss possibilities.

Please do not travel to the library if you have not received an appointment confirmation email from us.

Though we will do our best to meet your research needs, not all services are available this fall. Right now, we can offer: Remote reference support, limited scanning, class consultation and presentations, in-person appointments with 4-day notice and consultation. We are not currently able to offer: Full class visits, drop-in appointments, same-day box pull requests, in-person film viewing

Visit our FAQ page for more details.