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Spalding Library Operations During COVID-19: Home

Live updates and information for patrons in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Updates from the Library:

Monday, March 30th, 2020 

In response to the university's policy on social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Spalding University Library has altered its hours of operation. Physical access to the library building will be limited to specific faculty, staff, and students who otherwise lack the necessary technology to do their work from home. Library staff will be available through chat, email, and phone during our regularly scheduled hours. You can find more information about accessing the library and resources on the page below.

Our chief concern is the health of our patrons and staff. We request that patrons to our library continue best practices suggested by the CDC: maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and take necessary steps to prevent spreading the virus, even if you have no symptoms. Most importantly, stay at home if you are symptomatic or have other reasons to believe you may be contagious.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Library Operations

Librarian Assistance

Librarians will continue to be available online through our chat, email, and via phone (502-585-7130). We continue to offer virtual (phone or GotoMeeting) appointments to address your research, academic, technological, and learning management system (Moodle/Canvas) needs.

Building Access

Please contact library@spalding.edu or techsupport@spalding.edu for questions about access. Be sure to include your Spalding ID number. These patrons may enter the building through the accessible door with their Spalding ID. Community members, guests, children, and alumni are not permitted at this time to ensure appropriate social distancing

We are asking patrons to remain only on the first floor of the library. The basement and 3rd floors are off limits. Restrooms on 2nd floor are available.  We have implemented increased sanitizing/cleaning procedures and the availability of hand sanitizer in the building. 

Library Hours

Beginning Monday, June 22nd, 2020, the library hours are as follows: 

  In-person availability Virtual availability
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm Closed
Monday 11:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Tuesday 11:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Wednesday 11:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Thursday 11:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Friday Closed 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Saturday Closed Closed

You can always find updated hours for the library here

Online/Remote Library Instruction

Librarians will continue to offer synchronous and asynchronous library and information literacy instruction in the online environment. See our Library Tutorials page for video tutorials and for interactive online modules, all of which can be included in Moodle and Canvas courses. Our librarians can also work with your students in real-time via video conferencing software (GoToMeeting, Zoom, Canvas Conferences). For more information, please contact Leah Cover

Library Materials

Due dates for all library materials have been extended to May 30th, 2020. No fines will be charged during this time. All library materials will be due back June 30th, 2020. Anything not received back after that time will be considered "lost" and replacement fees will be assessed to patron accounts. Exceptions may be made by contacting library@spalding.edu 

The library is still allowing the circulation of print items on a case-by-base basis. Library staff are currently working remotely, so print material checkout must be arranged at library@spalding.edu.

Interlibrary Loan 

The Library will be suspending loaning print materials until ILL staff return to campus. We will continue to fill requests for electronic resources as we are able. All current interlibrary loan materials have reached their maximum renewal from the lending institution and must be returned at the due date provided to you. Please make arrangements with ILL staff by emailing ill@spalding.edu 

Resources for Our Campus Community

Internet Access

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or university students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

Other internet providers, including AT&T and Comcast, are also providing 60 days of free Wi-Fi internet and have opened Wi-Fi hot spots for public use. (What is a hot spot?) Use the map on this site to find an Xfinity hot-spot near you. 

See the KY Council on Post-secondary Education briefing for more information. 

Microsoft Office

Spalding students, faculty, and staff can download the Microsoft Office suite for free from the Spalding portal (my.spalding.edu) under SU Links > Web Services. 

SPSS

Many students come into the library to use our SPSS Statistical Software Software, which is now available online!

Laptops

The library has a limited number of laptops available for long-term checkout during this temporary transition to online courses. Email library@spalding.edu to arrange a laptop checkout. 

Scanners

With limited access to scanners in the library building, we recommend downloading a free PDF scanner app on your phone, such as Microsoft Office Lens or Genius Scan, to allow PDF creation from your mobile device.