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How we're keeping our libraries safe: Home

Welcome back, Cards!

We’re doing some things differently in the libraries this academic year to keep everyone safe. We’ve installed Plexiglas at service desks, reduced some library hours, and are providing low or no-contact check-out of books and other materials. Also, masks must be worn at all times while inside our library buildings in public spaces.

We also request that everyone 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.

Please continue reading for specific rules and hours for each of our University Libraries.

Archives & Special Collections Message

Out of concern for the health of our patrons and staff, Archives and Special Collections’ research room is open by appointment only. For more information and to schedule an appointment, see our "Prepare for Your Visit" page. We are open to all via virtual reference: by email and telephone (502-852-6752). And don’t forget you can explore images, interviews, newspapers, maps, and more via our Digital Collections and Oral History Center online. Contribute your COVID-19 Story.

Art Library Message

Bridwell Art Library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm to UofL students and employees. Library employees are working remotely on Fridays and are available from 9 am to 5 pm at Community visitors must make an appointment to use the library. Visit the Student Guide and Faculty Guide to learn about the Art Library's resources and services. 

Music Library Message

The Music Library is currently open regular hours to all. Circulation of materials is permitted. COVID-19 policies are posted at the library entrance. Please contact us at if you have any questions..

Ekstrom Library

Building Hours

Building hours. Building access is limited to UofL community (and members of Metroversity or SAALCK institutions with valid IDs) so bring your UofL ID. Others may enter the building by appointment only.

Check Out Materials

The West Service Desk will be open:

Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm.

If you have questions, contact contact Ekstrom AUS.

Due Dates

Users can ignore due dates, notices, and bills for materials checked out from Ekstrom Library during this time. Due dates still apply to items checked out via Interlibrary Loan. Charges for materials will not limit students’ ability to register for classes during this time. Renewals can be granted via or by calling us at (502) 852-6302.

Research Assistance

Our Ask a Librarian services include email, phone, and online chat options. We're happy to conduct individual research consultations via phone, Blackboard Collaborate, or other online platforms. Schedule an appointment with one of our subject specialists. For more information, please contact Rob Detmering.

Online Instruction

Librarians provide both asynchronous and synchronous online information literacy instruction. We can work with your students in real time via Blackboard Collaborate or other platforms. We can also create custom tutorials, videos, or other content tailored to your class. Additionally, our website includes a variety of basic (Research DIY) and advanced (Productive Researcher) tutorials. If you are interested in a face-to-face session, we can discuss options for doing so safely. You can request online or face-to-face instruction. For more information, please see our instructional resources page or contact Rob Detmering.

Kornhauser Library Message

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information:
Library hours and services are reduced. View important information about visiting the library. Remote Access is available.

Law Library Message

The Law Library will be open reduced hours. We will only be open to Law School students, faculty & staff with a UofL ID, and will not be circulating materials during this time.

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