Government and Community Relations

Research and Collection Resource Facility

The University of Alberta held an open house regarding the Research and Collections Facility (RCRF) on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Agrifood Discovery Place – South Campus.

The purpose of the open house was to align with the consultation requirements of Appendix 18 of the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) which indicates that when the University of Alberta undertakes a substantial development, it will hold two open houses: the first open house to show site options and conceptual plans, the second open house to show preliminary design. The RCRF is a substantial development and the open house on November 24, 2015 was the second and final open house. 

Below is the board information that was presented at the November 24, 2015 open house.

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Please feel free to fill out the evaluation form and forward your comments to the below by December 9, 2015:

Office of University Relations
6-41 General Service Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2H1
Phone: (780) 492-4345

Additional background information about the RCRF:

Over the past several years, the university has been investigating options to relocate the collection from BARD to a location that would provide better access by the academic body.  After much research and discussion the U of A Board of Governors decided that a new facility referred to as the Research And Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) will be built on the U of A South Campus to better achieve the following goals:                                                                                                                           

  • provide an appropriate, functional and welcoming space for staff, students and visitors for academic and special research purposes and goals;
  • be located in a more suitable, low-risk location, free from a high-risk dangerous goods railway line, decreasing the liability exposure and risk profile, protecting the irreplaceable collection and the University Archives;
  • improve the proximity of the facility to North Campus, ideally accessible by LRT, for better access by students, staff and researchers;
  • accommodate growth and the backlog of unprocessed materials to the collection;
  • accommodate up to one million items relocated from North Campus to free up valuable space for academic requirements; and
  • provide appropriate quantity, type and function of space for processing, storing, and digitizing materials in the collection.

Space is also required for staff, student and public use. The staff component includes office space for RCRF staff and Archives staff, additional book processing space, a collaboration space, lockers, kitchenette, copy room and office supplies storage.

Public support spaces are intended for the use of researchers and visitors wanting to access items from the University Archives, which must remain within the facility and are not available to be borrowed.

The new RCRF is proposed to be located on South Campus, just south of the LRT and Saville Community Sports Centre.