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Pandemic Recovery Plan

Current Status The Libraries are in Recovery Phase 3.

Welcome back! Nearly all Library services are operating normally in Phase 3. Please help us keep the Libraries safe by following the 4Maryland Health & Safety Requirements and guidelines on eating and drinking inside the libraries.

The Libraries' recovery plan, aligned with the campus plan for expansion of in-person activities, resumes on-site, in-person library operations and services while maximizing safety for library users and personnel.


Recovery Phase 1

April 19, 2021 until July 5, 2021
  • Curbside pickup of physical, general-collections materials and available materials from UMD, USMAI, BTAA, and other libraries at McKeldin.
  • Public-access hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the number of simultaneous McKeldin appointments set at 40 people.
  • Fulfillment of course reserves and interlibrary loan requests from UMD faculty, staff, and graduate students, continues
  • A small number of library staff/faculty/students continues to work on site at all locations to meet user needs.
  • Digital access to titles in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Services (ETAS) continues. Because of usage restrictions as established by HathiTrust, ETAS titles are not eligible for curbside delivery and will not be requestable during this phase of reopening. Eligible library resources that are not included in the ETAS can be requested via WorldCatUMD.
  • Appointments-based access to Terrapin Tech in McKeldin Library for laptop and computer repair begins and will continue.

Recovery Phase 2

July 6, 2021 until August 1, 2021
  • All services and functions described in Recovery Phase 1 continue.
  • The Libraries will gradually move to increased levels of access to physical spaces and on-site services as the recovery progresses. 
  • Increased levels of library staff/faculty/students begin to work on-site at all locations.
  • McKeldin Library Services and TLC Tech Desk will reopen, but stacks and upper floor spaces will continue to be closed during this phase, to maintain access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access System.  

Recovery Phase 3

Beginning August 2, 2021

This phase is based on the loosening of most restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It assumes a large number of vaccinated students, staff, and faculty will return safely to the campus, and that most classes will be taught in person. This phase brings the following changes:

  • Greater physical access to McKeldin Library, STEM Library, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, and the Art Library begins. All visitors must follow the campus's established health and safety requirements and guidelines for eating and drinking inside the libraries.
  • Members of the general public will be able to access the Libraries’ facilities.
  • Physical access to McKeldin Library’s general collections stacks begins during this phase; however, this means that access to digital books and other content in the HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service will end. Read more here.
  • The Architecture Library will be open to the campus community Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm. All students, faculty and staff in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Community have swipe card access from 7am to 11pm daily. 
  • Physical access to Hornbake Library’s Special Collections and University Archives reading room will be available by appointment only. Open study areas in Hornbake Library will be available without the need for appointments, Monday-Friday 7am to 10pm (ground floor and 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors).
  • In-person and hybrid library teaching will increase in number throughout the fall semester. 
  • The Libraries will hold a limited number of in-person events, workshops, and gatherings in McKeldin Library, following campus health and safety guidelines.
  • Most library staff and faculty will work on-site to accommodate in-person services and operations.
  • McKeldin’s Footnotes Café will open the first day of classes. The Writing Center and other partner services in the Libraries may be available - details to be announced later.

Eating and drinking inside the Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eating and drinking are permitted in most areas of the Libraries.

Users should:

  • Remove masks briefly while eating or drinking
  • Replace masks right away after eating or drinking
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating
  • Leave shared spaces clean and ready for the next person to use
  • Consider eating meals or snacks outdoors, when feasible