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Current Guidelines for Onsite Research at Chesney Archives

The Chesney Archives welcomes all researchers! Protecting the health and safety of our staff and researchers is paramount in our plans.

Scheduling your visit

To schedule a visit please contact us.

We ask that you schedule your visit one week in advance of the dates you wish to come to allow staff adequate time to retrieve materials and prepare for your appointment. In order for staff to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and other legal requirements, they need to review all materials requested for legally protected information.

The reading room is currently open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm for onsite research. Our team will continue as usual to provide remote research assistance from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

For your protection and that of others

The Chesney Archives follows COVID health and safety guidelines issued by Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University. When arriving at the archives please be prepared to do the following:

  • Wear a mask – Chesney Archives requires that staff and researchers wear masks throughout all areas of the archives suite.
  • Sanitize hands upon entry – All visitors, staff, and researchers are required to use hand sanitizers posted at the entrance of the archives.
  • Maintain safe social distancing – All visitors, staff, and researchers are required to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet within the archives.

Protecting you while on campus and at the Chesney Archives

Sanitizing common areas throughout the campus – Housekeeping staff clean and sanitize entries, dining areas, restrooms, stairways, and elevators daily.

Reading Room of the Chesney Archives – Researchers are spaced 6 feet apart to maintain safe social distancing. Staff and researchers are required to wear masks at all times. A maximum of four researchers is permitted in the reading room at a time.


Cafeteria – The McAuley Hall cafeteria is currently not offering food service. Dining areas with physically-distanced tables are available in the cafeteria terraces and immediately outside the building for those who bring their own lunch. Restaurants, coffee shops, and a grocery store are a short walk away.