May 25, 2022

A Look Inside the University of Alberta’s New Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF)

From The Gateway:

The recently opened Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) at South Campus is a 42,000 square-meter building that houses millions of university records dating back to the opening of the U of A in 1908.

Over 30,000 boxes of U of A historical books, papers, films, photographs, drawings, and maps previously stored in the off-campus Books and Record Depository (BARD), has now been relocated to the new facility. Officially open since May 31, the $21-million facility provides access to millions of scholarly items for use by researchers, students, and the public.

The facility can house over six million volumes of material, almost twice as much as the previous depository. Sandra Shores, a senior IT and facilities officer for the U of A libraries said the extra storage space will accommodate over 20 years’ worth of expansion.

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