The library has made a number of changes in order to be proactive and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 during the fall of 2020. Below please find information about how the library will operate.
Fall Semester 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
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.
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.