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COM 211 (Fall 2020)

Changes that affect everyone

Here are the main differences from past semesters:

The library will have reduced hours.

Starting August 24, we will be open:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

The library building will close daily for cleaning.

Currently, those times are:

Monday – Thursday: 10:30am - 12:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Friday: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 3:00pm - 4:15pm

These times may change in the future.

  • All users must leave the building during these times, including study carrel users.
  • You will still be able to pick up books during cleaning times.
  • You will be able to use the 24 Hour Room during the cleanings.
  • All virtual services (like reference) will be available during cleanings as well.

The 24 Hour Room will be open and has been expanded to include the Penfield computer lab.

Both black and white, and color printing are available in these spaces.

The Research Help Desk will have reduced hours.

Research help will be available:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Please note that the Research Help Desk will be staffed virtually - we will be available via Zoom, chat, and email. The Research Help Desk will have a computer which can be used to connect with peer reference associates or librarians via Zoom.

Archives & Special Collections will be open by appointment only.

Visit the Archives & Special Collections website to schedule your visit.

We will be using a reservation system.

It would be best for you to book your reservation ahead of time, but you may also reserve a time on the fly, if space is available. You will need to book a reservation even if you have checked out a study carrel for the semester.

We will be using a reservation system purchased by CTS. We are awaiting more information about this, and will update this page when we have that information.

We will not be circulating physical items with short checkout periods.

This includes:

  • Laptops
  • Other equipment
  • Textbooks on course reserves

Please do not retrieve books and other items yourself.

In order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, we ask that you request items through our library catalog. Library personnel will retrieve these items for you, usually within 1 to 3 business days.

Expect limitations on Interlibrary Loan requests, and plan accordingly.  

All incoming materials are being quarantined for a week before being processed; this adds additional time to fulfill requests.

Many materials are available through Interlibrary Loan at no cost to the library (or you). However, any materials that would incur a cost may be cancelled due to budget constraints. 

The Maker Space will be closed. 3D printing will also not be available.

Certain computers have been disabled for in-person use to accommodate social distancing.

Group space is limited.

All group spaces have a capacity of 1 or 2 to allow for social distancing.

The Lake Effect Conference Room and Media Viewing & Conference Room are currently unavailable for reservations, but all other group spaces remain available on a first come, first served basis.

Masks must be worn in all group study rooms. Food is not allowed.

Furniture has been moved, removed, or taped off to allow for social distancing.

Food will not be allowed anywhere in the library.

This policy was created because eating involves the prolonged absence of a mask, thus increasing the risk of transmission.

Our expectations of library users


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.

Social Distancing

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

  • Books:

    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.

  • Furniture:

    Please do not move library furniture. We have carefully moved or removed library furniture in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

  • Study carrels:

    • 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.

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