Stay Up to Date on SU's COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

This page contains a brief overview of the information SU students and faculty need to access library resources while classes are online. Please visit our full guide for more in-depth information.

Changes to Library Hours & Services

The Guerrieri Academic Commons, including the Nabb Center and SU Libraries MakerLab, and the Curriculum Resource Center are closed. Faculty and staff with offices in those areas will be able to access them by swiping their Gull Card at any building entrance.

Since the Library Service Desk is closed, services requiring in-person interaction are not available, including checking out books and other materials. 

The due date for all items already on loan that have not been declared lost has been changed to June 1, 2020 to give patrons flexibility in returning items. If you wish to return books, they may be returned in the blue book drop bin outside the GAC, near the entrance facing Perdue and Henson Hall. To minimize staff contact with materials, there may be a delay before returned items are scanned in the computer system. If you have any questions about due dates or overdue fines, please feel free to email Amy Jones or Natasha Finnegan.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation that could change on short notice, be sure to check our Library Hours page for the latest updates to our operating hours.

Contacting Librarians & Library Staff

Library staff will be available through our online chat service during most hours that the library is open. You can access the chat from our homepage or from our contact page.

You can use the chat to ask questions about the library, your library account, and to get help with your research. For research questions, you can also reach the librarian for your subject or department by emailing them.

Accessing Library Resources

Course Reserves
At this time, only online course reserves are accessible to students. If there is a physical course reserves item that you need access to, please contact your professor to find out what other options might be available. 

Interlibrary Loan
As staffing permits, we will continue to offer limited Interlibrary Loan services so you can continue to access materials from libraries across the country.  Staff will continue to process requests for articles and book chapters, however we are not fulfilling requests for physical materials at this time. 

Please note that due to the uncertainty of the situation, many libraries across the country may be closed or short-staffed.  This will negatively affect our ability to fulfill article and book chapter requests on your behalf.  Requests may take extra time to be filled, or they may not be filled at all.  We urge everyone to look for open access and open educational resources available online.

Renewing Materials
You can renew materials online if you are not on campus. Click here to read more about logging into your library accounts. You can also renew materials by contacting us through chat.

Physical Materials (Books, Journals, Magazines, etc.) 
At this time, we are not checking out physical items.  Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to borrow them elsewhere, either.  Most public libraries are closed, as most university libraries are, at least for visitors.

Getting Research Help

There are several ways you can get help with your research remotely. During library hours, you can reach librarians by using our chat service. You can also reach the librarian for your subject or department by emailing them.

Additionally, faculty have the ability to add the librarian for your subject to your course's MyClasses page. Ask your professor if this has already been done or if they would be willing to contact the librarian to have this set up.

Many courses also have course guides that were created by librarians to help with your research. Check our full list of Library Guides to see if one exists for your course.

More information about accessing library resources during this time is available in our full Coronavirus guide.

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Support for Faculty

Faculty who need help adjusting their courses for the change in the availability of library resources can use the guide below for suggestions. They can also reach out to their library liaison directly.


Page last updated March 25, 2020 at 8:57 AM.

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