Q. What precautions are you taking to protect library users and staff and minimize risk of infection?


The safety of library staff and patrons is our highest priority. The university’s Facilities Management division has upgraded applicable HVAC units with MERV-13 filtration. High touch areas in our buildings, such as elevator buttons, handrails, and door knobs, are disinfected daily. Libraries staff have prepared our spaces with the following measures:

  • reducing capacity in smaller spaces. Where possible, the Libraries is reducing capacity by 50%, in compliance with university safety recommendations
  • closing our book stacks to help with safe social distancing
  • offering pickup services for books and other circulating items
  • with the aid of signage, we are establishing safer patterns of movement in our passageways, hallways, stairways, and elevators
  • installing plexiglass panels at service desks and other areas of frequent face-to-face interactions
  • sanitizing and disinfecting workspaces and equipment
  • limiting food and drink consumption to designated spaces in our libraries where safe social distances can be maintained
  • providing self-serve sanitizing wipes for library users to clean high-touch surfaces such as computer keyboards, mice, and scanners
  • quarantining returned library materials in accordance with current guidelines to minimize the risk of viral spread through book and other collection surfaces
  • individual and group instruction will generally be provided online. Individual and group instruction may be offered in person only when appropriate safety measures can be implemented

Library staff will follow all state and university public health guidelines including:

  • maintaining social distance
  • wearing face coverings
  • reducing the number of library staff in our buildings by continuing remote work schedules
  • handwashing frequently
  • self-monitoring for symptoms
  • Last Updated Aug 17, 2020
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  • Answered By Katie Buehner

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