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COVID-19 Policies & Services: Home

COVID-19 Policies & Services

LIBRARY GUIDE 

COVID-19 Changes

We have made some changes to our building and services to meet COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and best practices.

We hope these changes will keep our community safe while still providing a full range of library services to all SAU students, faculty and staff.

General Library Services during COVID-19

No Eating in the Library

No eating in the library during Fall semester, including in the conference rooms.  Sacred Grounds and other beverages are okay.

Library Hours

The library's building hours have been reduced to allow staff extra time to clean and disinfect the building.  Chat with a Librarian online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get help with finding books and articles, research strategies, and APA or MLA citation questions.

Library Seating

Library seating has been moved or removed to encourage social distancing.  Tables and study spaces are available on each floor of the library.  Please see a library staff member if you need assistance finding a study space.

Conference Rooms & Quiet Study Rooms

Quiet Study Rooms are currently unavailable for use.

Conference Room Update 11/18/20:

  • Conference room are available for individual study.  Sorry, no groups.
  • Online reservations are no longer available.  Conference rooms are first come, first served for the rest of Fall 2020 semester.
  • Conference rooms will be cleaned after each use and may be unavailable for a short time after use to give staff time to disinfect the room.

Returning books and overdue notices

The American Library Association and the Centers for Disease Control recommend putting library material in a quarantine area for a short time as the most effective method of disinfecting library materials.  Items returned to the library will be put in quarantine for 5 days before being processed.  Items you have returned will remain on your library account for those 5 days.  Any fines or fees incurred during quarantine will be removed from your account after the 5-day period. This includes Reserve books.  

****If you receive an overdue notice for a book you have returned, the item may still be in quarantine and not yet processed.  Please wait 5 days and then check your library account.****

Students taking classes online and who do not live within driving distance of SAU may request a prepaid return shipping label.

If you have any questions about your book returns, please contact the library.

Headphones, charges, and other equipment

Headphones are not available Fall semester.  Chargers, adapters, and other tech/equipment may be available on a limited basis.  Following ALA and CDC guidelines for disinfecting library materials, these items will be put into quarantine for short time after each use.

Workroom Services during COVID-19

Workroom Services

The Workroom, located on the lower level of the library, is currently closed to walk-ins.  All services are still available by appointment or fill out a Workroom Project Order Form to have your project completed by Workroom staff. 

Puppets, Manipulatives, and Board Games.

Due to the difficulties in cleaning and sanitizing these items, puppets, manipulatives, and board games are not currently available for check-out.

Library Research Services during COVID-19

Research and APA Citation Help

Elizabeth, Karen and Robbie are available to help with your research questions! 

Rearch help, including help with APA citations, is available anytime, day or night.  Use the blue "Ask Us" button to chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Or make a research appointment - we can meet with you in person or online via zoom.

Faculty

We can provide library instruction to your class in person or via Zoom.

Students - In Quarantine?  Taking classes online?

We will be happy to send articles and books via email.  Some books can be shipped or delivered directly to you!  When you are ready to return your books, we will provide a prepaid mailing label. 

Find out more about our services.   Or contact a librarian for help obtaining library material.