We recommend that you check the library's website for updates related to COVID-19. You'll find information about hours, how to access books on the shelves, and safety precautions in place. Before your visit go to: https://libraryguides.oswego.edu/covid-19 for the full and most current guidance on access to the library building and resources.
Here are the main differences from past semesters:
Starting August 24, we will be open:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Currently, those times are:
Monday – Thursday: 10:30am - 12:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Friday: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 4:15pm
These times may change in the future.
Both black and white, and color printing are available in these spaces.
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.
Visit the Archives & Special Collections website to schedule your visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This policy was created because eating involves the prolonged absence of a mask, thus increasing the risk of transmission.
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.
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).
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.