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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:

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 

The library has taken a number of measures to ensure social distancing, mask wearing, and increased cleaning procedures. We will resume regular hours on Monday, August 17th with these measures in place. All members of the campus community must take and pass the online health assessment before coming into the library. 

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, wear a mask, 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.  Hours and policies are subject to change in alignment with university, state, and national guidelines related to COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Community Resources

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. 

Building

Building Access

Beginning August 21st, the library will be open to only currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. You can always find updated hours for the library here

Patrons must be wearing a mask and physical distancing where possible. Community members, Metroversity students, guests, children, and alumni are not permitted at this time to ensure library resources are accessible to university affiliated patrons and minimize density within the building. 

Food and Drink

Food and drink will not be permitted in the library.

Classrooms

Several classes will meet in the Library during the term.  Designated classroom spaces will be off-limits to patrons as study space. Classroom spaces are: 

  • Third Floor- LIB302 and LIB327-329
  • Library Lecture Lounge

Individual Study Rooms

Study rooms will remain locked and will only be accessible by checkout at the 1st Floor Circulation Desk. For the best experience, we recommend booking your space in advance. Study rooms will be cleaned between uses, so please allow a few minutes in between bookings. We ask that study rooms remain single-use only. 

Glass Study Rooms

First floor glass study rooms may be reserved using our online reservation. Study rooms will be cleaned between uses, so please allow a few minutes in between bookings. 

Meeting Rooms

In order to ensure the safety of library patrons, all meetings should be conducted virtuallyMeeting rooms will remain locked.

Common Areas

Seating has been reduced to promote physical distance in all common areas of the library building.  We ask that users do not move furniture at this time in order to ensure everyone's safety. 

Services

Librarian Assistance

Librarians will also 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 (Canvas) needs.

Library Instruction

Librarians will continue to offer synchronous and asynchronous library and information literacy instruction in the online environment. In-person library instruction will be available for in-person classes. See our Library Tutorials page for video tutorials and for interactive online modules, all of which can be included in 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.

Online Resources

See our Tools & Services box to the left for links to see many online library resources.

Library Materials

Library items may be returned using the book drop located on the south side of the library entrance front doors. Library materials will be placed on a 3-day quarantine upon their return. Due to their quarantine, items may not immediately be available for checkout after they are returned. 

Interlibrary Loan 

The Library has resumed interlibrary loan activities. All loan agreements are made at the discretion of the lending institution. Therefore, the library cannot guarantee that other libraries will be able to lend materials. If you have questions regarding ILL, please email ill@spalding.edu 

Library Resources

Microsoft Office

Spalding students, faculty, and staff can download the Microsoft Office suite for free from the Spalding portal > QuickLinks. 

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. Laptops loans will be a six-week checkout and will be re-evaluated on a session-by-session basis. 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.