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Please note that the last day for on-site research before our building renovation project begins is Saturday, January 4, 2020, and to ensure the safety and security of our collection, we are moving it off-site. We will continue to provide reference services, but our timeline for responding will be greatly affected. We appreciate your patience and forbearance as we seek to continue to provide our services to the best of our logistical capabilities.

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