Penfield Library Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please be aware that the information on this guide is subject to change due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Library staff will do its best to make sure the information on this guide is up-to-date.
Per the campus guidelines, you are required to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. If you are found not wearing a mask:
We will ask you (politely) to put on a mask.
If you refuse, we will ask for your ID and then ask you to leave. All refusals will be reported to either Student Affairs (students) or Human Resources (faculty, staff).
If you refuse to leave, we will report you to University Police as a trespasser.
All Library employees, including student workers, are authorized to take these actions.
If you are a student that has secured a library study carrel for the semester, you may remove your mask while you are in the carrel.
Per the campus guidelines, you must remain 6 feet apart from others. Please do not congregate in library spaces, even if you are with your pod-mates.
Library Furniture & Spaces
Current data suggests that COVID-19 can live on books for 3-4 days. In order to minimize possible transmission of the virus, we ask that you refrain from touching books. You will notice barriers that prevent you from entering the aisles - please do not move or go around the barriers.
If you need a book, you can request it through the library catalog. Library staff will retrieve the book for you and you will be able to pick it up within 1-3 business days. (Faculty & staff may request items starting Aug. 3; students may request items starting Aug. 24.)
If you remove a book from the shelves and bring it to the check out desk, we will need to quarantine the item for 4 days. You will not be able to check out the book immediately.
Please do not move library furniture. We have carefully moved or removed library furniture in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
We will continue to have study carrels available that can be reserved by students for the entire semester.
Carrels that are reserved for one day will not be available this semester.
Commuter students will be given priority in study carrel assignment, since they do not have a dedicated space on campus to study (such as a dorm room).
Food & Drink
Drink: Covered beverages (including coffee drinks) are still permitted in the library.
Food: Food is no longer permitted in the library. This is because eating involves the prolonged absence of a mask.