Fall into winter
November 9, 2020
Wondering about our plans for our services and spaces for the remainder of the fall and the beginning of the winter semester? Not to mention intersession, that quiet period in between?
James Hilton, dean of libraries, offers a reminder that much of the collection is available online from any location, and that you can also connect to many library services and experts remotely, even when access to library buildings is restricted.
He adds that the best way to find out the status of any service, whether in person or remote, is to check the library website. This is especially true during a time when hours and access are subject to change based on local pandemic conditions as well as on campus demand for study space, contactless pickup, and essential library services — including media production facilities, microform access, and help with access to “library use only materials” via digital surrogate or other arrangement.
“We intend to remain flexible and responsive,” Hilton says. The start of fall semester saw limited, daytime-only hours for study space reservations, for example, with an expansion into evening hours as the need arose. Other in-person services came online later in the semester.
The current plan
On November 21 – November 28, and December 20 – January 2, library buildings will be closed to the campus community.
On November 29 – December 20, library buildings will be open for contactless pickup, essential onsite services, and study space, likely with reduced hours with fewer students on campus.
On January 3, buildings will reopen for contactless pickup and essential onsite services, possibly with reduced hours.
On January 19, when classes resume, we’ll open study spaces using schedules and protocols similar to those we applied at the beginning of the fall semester.
Hilton recommends that potential visitors to the library always check hours and applicable protocols first. “We’re working hard to keep the information on our website current to the minute,” Hilton says. “We also have fully-staffed remote services, like Ask a Librarian and our specialists, ready to answer research questions and help you figure out how to get what you need.”