Coronavirus update from the Dean of Libraries
Posted: Mar 11, 2020
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Update as of March 24, 2020: After careful consideration, in light of Governor Hogan's order to close all non-essential businesses and organizations on March 23, 2020 and other developments, we have moved to provide online provision of library services and resources only, until further notice. Our latest updates about the Libraries’ operations are available on our website at: lib.umd.edu/about/coronavirus-updates.
Update as of March 17, 2020, 5:30 pm: All of us know that libraries serve as havens and places of community and service in times of crisis. However, after careful consideration of all advice issued by our university system, government officials, and scientists leading the fight against COVID-19, I am closing all public access to the UMD Libraries between March 18 and March 29, 2020. I know this will cause disappointment and concern for some UMD students and faculty members, but I believe it is a necessary step for the safety and health of our community, which includes library personnel.
During this unprecedented time, we will continue to emphasize the availability of online services and e-resources for users, rather than the use of on-site physical materials. We will also order and provide more on-demand digital resources for courses as necessary, and will also extend holds and make other adjustments as necessary.
In addition to prioritizing the health and safety of UMD students and faculty members, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s important to prioritize the health and safety of librarians and library workers, too. More details about our changed conditions are available on our Coronavirus Updates and Resources page, but if you have any immediate questions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for what I hope will be your continued understanding and flexibility during this difficult period.
Dear UMD library users:
The mission of the Libraries is to support the research, instructional, and learning enterprise of the University of Maryland. With this in mind, we're following the latest campus directives about the evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and treating all library users' health and safety as our highest priorities, as we adjust operations and services.
From March 18 through April 10th, McKeldin Library will remain open, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. (Weekend hours will be suspended.) Interlibrary loan services, consultations with subject librarians, course reserves, physical borrowing of materials, and other services will continue, although turnaround times may be affected by our reduced on-site staffing.
Remote use of library services and electronic resources is emphasized during this time. Please refer to our main Coronavirus Updates and Resources page for the latest information and details, and to the following guides for more information:
- Using library services and resources for online teaching
- Connecting to library resources from off-campus
Our campus branch libraries will be closed for public use between March 18-April 10, but branch library staff/faculty members will be available to assist you with remote services and resources.
We continue to work with campus partners, including the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center and the Division of Information Technology, and we are ready and available to help all instructors as they transition to teaching courses online during this evolving situation.
In the Libraries, we continually strive for a environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and respectful. As President Loh reminded us in his message on March 20, 2020, please refer to the guidance for community support that has been shared by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and let us know if you have any suggestions or concerns to share.
We're here to provide outstanding library services and resources for you, and to work with you and support you during this evolving situation. We appreciate your continued use of the library and are grateful for your understanding and flexibility in the days ahead.
Dean of Libraries