February 20, 2018
On March 1 the State Historical Society will implement new hours in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis. These four research centers will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. In Columbia, reference services will be available and the art gallery will welcome visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
This change provides the centers with half an hour for opening and closing procedures, ensuring that SHSMO staff members are prepared to assist patrons in the morning and that collections are secured each evening.
The Cape Girardeau Research Center will continue its current hours, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Springfield center will also remain at its current hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
"The schedule change was proposed to make sure that our patrons have the best service at all six locations, no matter when they arrive," said Gerald Hirsch, SHSMO's senior associate director. "Additional time, specifically in the evening, also means that collections can be stored according to archival best practices."
The administrative office in Columbia will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The art gallery hours will match those of the Columbia Research Center. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The new schedule also allows the staff to spend more time responding to research requests sent via email, to process collections, and to prepare for the Columbia center's move to a new building in 2019. See the hours of operation for all six research centers and the administrative office.