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University of Louisville Libraries Operations during COVID-19 Pandemic: Home

March 26, 2020


The current global pandemic has prompted us to make a number of changes to ensure: 1) we support the health and well-being of all University students, faculty and staff; and 2) we continue to fulfill our mission of supporting student success, research and access to Library resources for the University community and researchers worldwide. 

Our libraries webpage will continue to be the central portal to conduct research and access our resources: databases, e-books, digital archives, etc. 

We understand that some students may not be able to leave campus, and will need to use our computer facilities to conduct their classwork online. We will accommodate them by keeping Ekstrom Library partly operational. Other libraries have decided to close, but will provide support for the coming weeks. Please see below for specific hours and information.

We request that visitors to Ekstrom 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. 
We appreciate your patience during this time. 

 

Archives & Special Collections Message

Out of concern for the health of our patrons and staff, Archives and Special Collections’ reading room will be closed through June 30th. We are still available by email to respond to reference questions, and look forward to working with you virtually. 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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Art Library will close effective March 17 through June 30. Please check the Art Library hours for specific times after that date. The staff will be working remotely. Contact artlib@louisville.edu for assistance or more information. Art Library Guide to Remote Services.

Music Library Message

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Music Library will be closed from March 17th - June 30th.

We remain available remotely to assist faculty, staff, and students in every way that we are able. Overdue fines are not currently being charged. Library materials may still be checked out during this time. Contact us at Music.Library@louisville.edu for details.

Ekstrom Library Message

Service departments will continue to work remotely until June 30th. Item circulation remains suspended until Ekstrom service departments reopen.

Building Access

Effective March 18, and until further notice, access to Ekstrom Library is limited to current UofL students, staff and faculty. Security personnel will request current UofL identification cards for building access.

The West entrance is the only entrance that will be open during operating hours. The East entrance will remain closed and locked.

Due Dates for Library Materials

Users may ignore due dates for materials and automated due date notices during this time. Renewals can be granted via searches@louisville.edu or by calling us at (502) 852-6302.

Users may also ignore bills for overdue materials. Charges for materials during this time will not limit students’ ability to register for classes.

Interlibrary Loans

Outgoing Interlibrary Loan requests for physical materials will be suspended, but requests for PDFs of articles will be filled as available.

Online/Remote Library Instruction

In light of the university’s move to remote classes, please be aware that Ekstrom Library has a number of options for both synchronous and asynchronous library and information literacy instruction. Our librarians can work with your students in real time via Blackboard Collaborate or other tools. We can also create tutorials, videos, or other content tailored to your class. Additionally, our website includes a wide variety of basic and advanced tutorials/lessons on our Research DIY and Productive Researcher platforms. For more information, please contact Rob Detmering.

Online/Remote Research Assistance

Ekstrom Library has several options to provide online/remote research and reference assistance to students, staff, and faculty. Our Ask a Librarian services include email, phone, and online chat options. In addition, we are happy to conduct individual research consultations via phone or various online platforms (FaceTime, Skype, etc.). Schedule an appointment with one of our subject specialists using our online system. Additionally, our website includes a wide variety of basic and advanced tutorials/lessons on our Research DIY and Productive Researcher platforms. For more information, please contact Rob Detmering.

Kornhauser Library Message

In order to protect the health and safety of KHSL patrons, staff, and faculty, the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is closed. During our closing, online resources will be available to all UofL library patrons via our Ask Us or Ask a Librarian links. We continue to serve our patrons remotely, and have provided online/remote resources. Our librarians are also available to remotely provide many of the services we normally offer in-person.


If you need study space, the Ekstrom Library is open on a reduced schedule, and study space is available in the Swain Student Activities Center at 2100 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40208. At this time, should circumstances allow, the Kornhauser HSC Library will reopen July 6th. 

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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