COVID-19 and Library Services

Last updated: 6/8/2020

The campus is currently operating on limited services procedures. The Library is physically closed for now. When the campus resumes normal operations, the Library will restore regular library services. 

Access to Textbooks and Course Reserves for Summer and Fall semesters

Physical course reserves is not an option for the Summer 2020 semester. The Library will be open for the Fall 2020 semester following campus and the state's recommendations. We are working on a process to make some physical items on traditional course reserves available for Fall 2020, but at this point the Library recommends using our Canvas Course Reserves option instead where the Library will search its collection for a digital version (ebook, book chapter, journal article, streaming video, etc) of course materials and provide you links to these materials for your course in Canvas.

Unfortunately, not all requested course materials will have a digital version available at the Library. In those cases, the Library will do a fair use assessment to determine if a portion of your requested course material can be made available through digitization.

Prospector is Unavailable

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Prospector is no longer available. We currently do not know when it will be available again, but will post that information as soon as it is available.

Is the Library open?

No. The Library is no longer opened, but we continue to provide virtual research assistance. 

Getting Research Assistance 

Virtual research assistance is available through chat, email, phone, and text. All of these features are available on the library homepage or see  

Getting Access to Books and Other Library Items

The Library is currently closed, but access to online journal articles, ebooks and streaming videos continues. Not sure where to start searching? Try OneSearch or our Database A-Z list.

What happens if I already have library items checked out?

We know that some of you will be leaving town and would like to return your library items as soon as possible. The Library's book drop (located near the southeast entrance to the University Center) is open to accept returns. You may return books, DVDs, and mobile hot spots checked out from the Library via the book drop.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is handling all laptop returns, regardless of whether it was checked out from the Library or OIT directly. If you have questions about returning a laptop, please contact the OIT Help Desk at

If you will be in town over the summer, we ask you to hold onto any library items at this time. Due dates will be extended to August 15 and no fines will accrue for these materials.