Libraries Phased Reopening

What to expect coming into the building

The University has installed plexiglass barriers, and social distancing markers to help protect both visitors and staff. All visitors are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in the buildings. Computers are available, but fewer than usual due to distancing. Seating throughout the building has been altered to promote safety.

Floor of the Knowledge Center with four sets of blue paw prints 6 feet apart

Social Distancing

Social distancing of at least six feet is required at all times. Floors at service points have been marked to indicate safe distances.

A fork and spoon with a horizontal no icon around them

No Eating and Drinking

Please enjoy your food and drink either outside the building or in designated areas.

Jessica Maddox wearing a mask in front of the computing help desk at the Knowledge Center

Face Coverings

Visitors and staff must all wear face coverings while in the Libraries. Virtual services remain available.

How to wear a face covering on campus

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Safety protocols

We are sanitizing surfaces within the buildings several times a day to promote safety. Hand sanitizer is provided on every floor for users to protect themselves, and masks and social distancing are being enforced.

Social distancing of at least six feet is required at all times when on campus or when visiting one of the Libraries – the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library and the Savitt Medical Library.

Face coverings are required of all users in the Libraries. 

Learn more about University face covering requirements

On-site vs. virtual services

Service points will be phasing in hours and services. Consult the website or call the department you plan to visit before coming to campus. Research and computing help, and Instructional support are still offered primarily remotely. Other locations and services may be available on-site by prior appointment. Consult our hours page for up-to-date information.

Checking out books

Books from the Knowledge Center, Savitt Medical Library, and DeLaMare are available for checkout to students, staff, and faculty. Users may browse the book stacks and use the self-check machine located at the Access Services Desk in the Knowledge Center or request items for paging and contact-free checkout.

COVID-19 and the University Libraries FAQs