Fall 2020 Library Updates: Using the Library in the Covid-19 Pandemic

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the library is adjusting many of its procedures to make sure that both library workers and library users are safe. Watch the video and read over the changes.


Summary of New Rules and Procedures


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In the library, wear a mask at all times. Sanitize your hands upon entering and sanitize the space you are using before and after use.

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Chairs and tables are spread out for social distancing; do not move chairs to create groups.

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The study rooms have reduced capacity. The two large study rooms L1 and L2 will accommodate up to 3 people. All other study rooms will be for individual use only. Wear your mask in the study rooms. Reservations can still be made online or at the service desk.

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Follow the arrows and dots on the library’s floor when navigating the space. Keep 6 feet of space between you and other library users especially at the printer and service desk.

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When a book is returned to the library, it will be quarantined for 4 days before being removed from your account, you may receive an overdue notice email but you can disregard if you have returned your item.

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Reserve books will only be available by a library worker making a scan of the needed pages within Copyright and Fair Use Laws. Please bring a USB drive or check one out from the library.

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Library hours have been reduced and the Librarian will be working from home some days, but many virtual services are available.

Library student workers are also available to help during all open library hours.

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Virtual services include chat, text message, email, or phone call for any question you have.

You can schedule a Microsoft Teams reference appointment to meet with the librarian.

Use LibGuide research guides with helpful library tutorials.

You can always access journal articles and media through the library’s databases and access ebooks or place a hold for curbside pickup for books in the library’s catalog. As always, if the library is closed, you can return items to the security office.

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Following these measures will create a safer environment for us all. Thank you.

If Peoria County or our Illinois region re-enters phase 3 (or lower), the physical library will close and only offer virtual services.