Fall Semester FAQs

General FAQs

The library will be open to Stonehill students, staff and faculty beginning on August 24, 2020. However, we will have reduced hours in order to allow Facilities staff to clean the building nightly. Please see our hours page to see the changes.

Also, please note that the front door of the library will be locked. Everyone will need their ID in order to enter the building through the south front entrance with card access.

Due to state regulations, the library will have reduced occupancy. We recommend calling the library before you come over to make sure we are not at full occupancy.

Yes, the library study rooms will be available. However, they will not be available for group study. Most study rooms will only be able to have 1 occupant. There are a couple that can have 2. 

Booking forms and instructions are available here.

Yes, Ace's Place will be open. However, please remember that everyone must remain 6ft apart while in line. There are markings on the floor.

While you will be able to eat in the library this semester, please remember that you must wear your mask before and after eating. If you do eat in the library, we ask that you clean your chair and desk area very carefully with the supplied wipes that are located in various spots throughout the building.

The archives is open and available to assist you, but to ensure physical distancing, we are requiring pre-scheduled appointments if we cannot complete your research request virtually.  Please contact us with your question and additional information.

Yes, all students, staff and faculty must wear masks in the library. Students may remove masks to eat, but must put them back on immediately.

Borrowing & Using Library Materials

Yes.

While many of our chargers have been put away, we do have several chargers for various types of electronic devices (although not laptops). These can be wiped down between uses. Please ask at The Desk.

Yes, the book stacks will be accessible. However, we are asking patrons to be careful when browsing the shelves. If you know the book you would like, you can let us know at The Desk and we will retrieve it. 

If you are browsing the stacks and touch a book, please place it on a reshelving cart. We have several located at the ends of stacks throughout the library. This will allow us to quarantine the books before others use them.

We are trying to minimize contact with the books. All physical materials in the library will be quarantined for 72 hours after they have been used.

 

The Library of Things will not be available.

No. Because all physical materials must be quarantined for 72 hours between uses, the library staff is only putting electronic items on reserve.

 

If faculty have questions, please email librarydeskgroup@stonehill.edu or call 508-565-1313 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

As we begin the semester, we are processing Interlibrary loans as usual. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made the response time longer than usual and has resulted in some items, especially books not arriving. One technique is to order chapters or sections of the book you need. Of course, this is only useful if you need small portions of the book. We do not know if things will be easier, or more difficult as the semester progresses. As such, we recommend that you request needed materials as soon as possible to accommodate longer response times. We also recommend that you request additional items to have an extra item just in case one does not arrive. As always, we recommend working with a reference librarian to discover alternative materials that can fill your needs.

Studying in the library

Yes, the library study rooms will be available. However, they will not be available for group study. Most study rooms will only be able to have 1 occupant. There are a couple that can have 2. 

 

Booking forms and instructions are available here.

Getting Help

Yes, librarians are here to help. We recommend that  you book an appointment with a librarian as most reference help will be conducted virtually. You can also call the library (508-565-1310) or email (librarydeskgroup@stonehill.edu) to get help.