RLUK, with IARLA partners, recently convened an international symposium to explore the plans that research libraries are putting in place to reopen their physical library buildings and reinstate their onsite services in the post-, or continuing-, Covid-19 landscape.

The symposium included presentations from speakers in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia, who shared the plans and preparations that they are putting in place for the reopening of their libraries, how these relate to their wider institutional context, and how they correspond with their national and regional experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The symposium was introduced by Robin Green, University Librarian, University of Warwick, and RLUK Chair.

A recording of the symposium can be viewed below. Further information about the symposium, including results from a Mentimeter survey of delegates can be found on the IARLA website.


IARLA is an alliance of research library associations representing constituents in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We develop agreed positions in order to advance an international research library agenda particularly in order to advance open scholarship.