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COVID-19 Updates

Learn about changes to library services and hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


While we love assisting you remotely, we opened our doors on July 6th! Check out our hours for our open hours. To be completely honest, we've missed assisting you in-person! If you're remaining remote, please check out the "Remote Services" box to see how we'll continue to support your educational needs.

Here are a few things to know before coming back into the library:

  • We have transformed the physical space to promote social distancing.
  • Check out the "Changes to Services" tab for changes you should be aware of.
  • Please assist us in providing a safe place to study by:
    • practicing social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart,
    • and wearing a mandatory protective face covering, as University policy requires masks be worn in campus buildings, unless a health-related exception exists. If you do not have a mask, you will be given one at the library service desk inside the front doors.

Future Updates

As the situation continues to evolve, our plans may change. Please check our homepage and social media for updates. Additionally, visit our COVID-19 FAQ for further information.

Changes to Services

  • Computers no longer require a reservation to use.
  • The following areas will remain closed until further notice: Special Collections and University Archives, Government Documents, Periodicals, Microform, IRC, and Youth collections. The second floor will completely close on Saturdays. If you need items from these areas, please come by the Research & Access Desk.
    • Use of Special Collections and University Archives materials can be arranged by appointment with Sidnye Johnson, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, sjohnson
  • Please return items in the exterior eastside dropbox for quarantine purposes. Materials used in the library or returned to the library will be quarantined for three days prior to being shelved.
  • The University has gone "cashless." As a result, we only accept credit/debit cards.
  • Since some of our study spaces no longer have power outlets, we have battery packs that you may reserve to extend the life of your laptop or other electronics.
  • Please pickup your Interlibrary Loan items from the Research & Access Desk.
  • Physical course reserves is currently suspended until further notice. In the meantime, the library has a few options available to assist you with your course reserves:
    • Transition to electronic reserves. Please contact Josh Edwards at (806) 651-2226.
    • Request an eBook version of your course materials, as soon as possible. The library will attempt to find and license an eBook version. Licensing and/or availability may affect our ability to license textbooks and older books.
    • Consider replacing course materials with no-cost or low-cost options. Please contact Taylor Fairweather-Leitch for further information.
  • Our closing process has changed to assist us in cleaning the library,
    • 30 minutes prior to closing we will no longer checkout items, take payments, or accept new reservations
    • 15 minutes prior to closing we will no longer allow printing and copying.

Remote Services

For those remaining at home, there are multiple ways for you to get assistance from the library: