Winter 2021 update

January 18, 2021

During a winter semester that will feature more remote courses and fewer undergraduates living on campus, you’ll continue to have access to enhanced remote library services, and to contactless pickup for materials not available online if you’re on campus.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 19, you’ll also be able to reserve study space in the Shapiro Library building. This semester, if you’re coming to the library for a study space reservation or any other onsite appointment, you’ll have to present a current ResponsiBLUE Screening when you check in. Screenings are not required if you’re just coming to pick up checked-out materials.

“We’ve been working since March on the procedures and protocols that allow us to safely deliver essential research materials and services,” says Dean of Libraries James Hilton. “And while we look forward to resuming the in-person interactions we all miss, we’ve done our best to meet the needs of the university community.” 

He cites as an example the ongoing HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which will continue to provide online access to many of the books in the collection. And for books not already available in HathiTrust, you can request digitization and scanned portions of works

One of the more challenging aspects of service delivery amid pandemic conditions has been providing safe access to materials and services that can’t be delivered remotely. 

If you have a need to consult library-use-only materials — including serials and microforms, special materials, and maps — you’ll find contact information, and in some cases a request form, via the related web pages. A few of the facilities in our creation and learning spaces are also available by arrangement, including the media production rooms in the Shapiro Design Lab and the Book Arts Studio in the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library. 

And, as always, for questions about the library and for research assistance, use our Ask a Librarian service, or contact the specialist in your field of study.

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