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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 is currently closed. 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

Bridwell Art Library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff are working remotely and are available Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at artlib@louisville.edu. Art Library Guide to Remote Services.

Music Library Message

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Music Library will be closed through August 2nd.

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

Building Hours

May 10 - August 16: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Closed weekends and July 3rd and 4th. Building access is limited to UofL community so bring your UofL ID and enter via the West Entrance.

Check Out Materials

July 6 - August 16: The West Service Desk will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you have questions, contact searches@louisville.edu.

Due Dates

Users can ignore due dates, notices, and bills for materials during this time. Charges for materials will not limit students’ ability to register for classes during this time. Renewals can be granted via searches@louisville.edu or by calling us at (502) 852-6302.

Interlibrary Loan

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

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.

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.

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library Re-Opening On July 6th, 2020

Monday—Friday 8am to 6pm (Closed Weekends)

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our patrons and staff and in compliance with both University of Louisville and CDC recommendations, we have incorporated some changes within the library. There will be new signage about space and cleaning procedures, as well as reminders about wearing masks throughout the building. While things inside Kornhauser Library may look different, our commitment to service remains strong! Many of our services will continue to be available and offered remotely, and as always, our librarians are available to provide many services via phone or web conferencing software. Please review the details by expanding the sections below.

  • Face masks will be required of both patrons and staff upon entering the building and when out in the open study areas
  • Showing of university ID's will be required to gain access to the library
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at our service desks and at all public computer stations
  • Furniture has been restructured in study spaces to accommodate for physical distancing
  • A cleaning process has been implemented following patron use of materials and study rooms
  • A new room reservation system is being installed to book study rooms by patrons
  • Answering reference questions and conducting literature searches
  • Providing one-on-one consultations on research projects
  • Teaching classes on information literacy, literature searching, Endnote, PubMed, BrowZine and others
  • Assisting with any issues regarding accessing library resources or using library technologies
  • Answering any questions you might have relating to research literature, using resources remotely, and other library-related topics

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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