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Libraries’ Phase 2 of Reopening, beginning July 27

Posted: Jun 16, 2020

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Update as of July 27, 2020: The Libraries will move into Phase 2 with curbside pickup services on July 27, 2020. Please see below for a summary outlining our phased reopening plan, or you can find more details here.

Update as of July 7, 2020: The Libraries' reopening plans were approved by Administration on June 30, 2020. We are preparing to move into Phase 1 on July 13, 2020. Please see below for an updated summary outlining our phased reopening plan or you can find more details here.

June 16, 2020

Dear UMD students, faculty, staff, and community,

My library colleagues and I have heard from many of you who are eager for the Libraries’ physical collections and in-person services to be available again. We look forward to relaunching our on-site services and access as well. As of the date of this message, we are waiting for UMD Administration to approve our plans before we can move forward.

Our overall plan, summarized in the chart below, is to resume on-site, in-person library operations and services in a phased-in manner that will permit essential access to the Libraries’ physical resources, services, and programs, while maximizing safety for library users and library staff and faculty.

Please note that the dates shown on the chart are tentative at this time. If all goes well, however, and if we receive final approval from UMD administration as expected, we plan to move to Phase 1, Preparation, on July 6, 2020. Thank you for what I hope will be your continued patience and support as we prepare for and relaunch on-site library use and access over the next few months. If you have any questions, please send a message to

Best wishes,

Adriene Lim, Ph.D., MLIS
Dean of Libraries

UMD Libraries - Phased-in Reopening Plans - revised 7/7/20

Table outlining the Libraries phased-in reopening plans. Projected dates and available services for Phase 0 - Phase 4 are described. Click on image for accessible PDF of table.

*Projected dates may be subject to change. **Thresholds related to numbers of staff/faculty working on site and numbers of library users allowed into the facilities are shown as rough estimates. These numbers will eventually be based upon the guidance received from USM, UMD, and/or the state. ***The Priddy Library at the Universities at Shady Grove is not included in these phases.