Libraries reopen for fall with new safety-focused options in place

By Emory Libraries | Emory Report | Aug. 18, 2020

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Researchers in the Rose Library wear face coverings and observe physical distancing as they peruse archival materials. Emory Libraries have made these and other changes to create a safer research environment during fall semester. Emory Photo/Video

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The Emory Libraries have implemented several changes for the fall 2020 semester to create a safer research environment for students, faculty and staff.

During the summer, departments throughout the Libraries collaborated on the best way to offer services and materials to Emory students, faculty and staff while following COVID-19 protocols. The library staff has coordinated a range of services available to users this fall, all available from the Libraries’ fall semester 2020 webpage.

“We’re dedicated to providing Emory students and faculty the best possible service and access to materials that we can, while at the same time keeping both patrons and library staff safe,” Dean and University Librarian Yolanda Cooper says. 

Access to the Woodruff, Rose, Woodruff Health Sciences and Oxford libraries is by appointment.

Emory faculty and students can schedule time to use space for study or research or can reserve computer workstations, production studios, printers or book scanners. Students also can reserve an individual course viewing room for participating in online classes.

Prior to making any appointment, all patrons are required to complete the campus onboarding process and be cleared to be on campus. Those with an appointment will be verified when they arrive at the library.

Woodruff Library is offering curbside service for off-campus students or faculty and staff to pick up materials they have reserved. These patrons can make an appointment and park in a space near the loading dock, where a library staff member will bring out their materials. 

Woodruff Library also offers grab-and-go service, in which Emory patrons already approved to be on campus can make a walk-in appointment to pick up reserved materials at the front entrance desk. 

Once materials are returned, the Libraries staff are taking special care with handling items. Materials are quarantined before they are loaned again to other patrons. 

The library website continues to be updated. Patrons are encouraged to return to the Emory Libraries’ fall semester 2020 webpage often to access FAQs and the latest information on adjusted hours, where to go for research assistance, new options for accessing materials and the libraries’ physical spaces, and more.