Fall 2020 in the Library
The library is happy to be opening to students, staff and faculty on August 24 at 8:00am. There are some changes that everyone should be aware of. Please refer back to this page for any changes or updates that are made during this semester. If you have any questions about using the library this fall, please email email@example.com or call 508-565-1313.
Access will be by HillCard only. The front doors that face the fountain will remain locked. Please use the front door that faces south (on the left side of the entrance as you approach the building). The card reader is affixed to the brick wall.
The library will have reduced hours this semester in order to allow time for cleaning each night. Hours will be as follows:
- Monday - Thursday: 8am - Midnight
- Friday: 8am - 9pm
- Saturday: 9am - 5pm
- Sunday: Noon - Midnight
There will be reduced occupancy in the building in order to comply with state regulations. As a result, many chairs have been moved in order to allow for all seats to be physically distanced. Please use the chairs where they have been placed.
We recommend calling ahead to the library (508-565-1313) in order to make sure that we are not close our maximum capacity. Once we reach maximum capacity, we will not be able to let additional people into the building.
Face masks must be worn at all times in the library. Staff may remove masks when they are alone in their office spaces.
Eating in the Library
Ace's Place will be open and eating is allowed. Students may remove their masks to eat. We ask that all students wipe down the space they used (table, carrel, chair etc) before they sit down and before they leave. Please be extra thorough in spaces where students have eaten food.
Wipes have been placed throughout the building, so there should always be as supply close at hand.
Access to Materials
The library's books stacks will remain open. The library is trying to limit people's contact to library materials though. As such, the Library of Things is not available and no print items are being put on reserve.
We are offering to retrieve materials from the stacks for students and faculty if they know the title. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-565-1313 to ask for the item. We will retrieve the item and hold it at The Desk for pickup.
All materials that circulate or are pulled off the shelves will be quarantined for 72 hours upon their return.
Note: When browsing in the stacks, please put all materials that are touched on the reshelving book trucks which are located throughout the building. These books will be quarantined for 72 hours as well.
Access to Materials for Remote Students
If you are a remote student who is looking for physical items in the library, please contact email@example.com. We can discuss options with you.
The library is still offering ILL service to students. We encourage students to request materials early as many libraries are not lending materials and as delivery times have become unpredictable. Other suggestions are to try and order book chapters or sections and/or to order several different books (in case some don't show up).
The library staff is here to help. If you need research help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 508-565-1313 or book an appointment with a librarian. Most appointments will be virtual. If you have any other questions, please email email@example.com or call 508-565-1313. Appointment link is also available via the Library page on myHill.
The library extended all due dates for books and other items that were checked out during the spring of 2020. All items can be returned to the library once students are back on campus.
The CWAA is open this semester. Please check their website for specific information.
The library building will be open beginning on Monday, August 24th. The doors will be locked and Hillcards will be required to entry. If you don't have your ID, please ring the doorbell which is located on the left-side front entrance. Someone will let you in.
If you need a book or other physical item in the library, we would be happy to get the item(s) off the shelf and hold it for you at The Desk. We will have limited occupancy in the building, so are asking faculty to call ahead and request materials.
Because we have many remote students this semester and we are placing all physical items that have circulated in quarantine for 72 hours, we are not offering print reserves this semester. We will evaluate each professor's reserve needs on an individual basis, attempt to purchase electronic materials, possibly scan sections of print books or help professors find alternative sources. Please reach out to any of the following librarians for help:
- Jennifer Connelly: 508-565-1374 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with reserves
- Heather O'Leary: 508-565-1318 or email@example.com for help with purchasing materials
- Trish McPherson: 508-565-1844 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with finding alternative sources (subject liaison areas: American Studies, English Gender & Sexuality Studies, Languages, Literature & Culture, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies & Theology)
- Joe Middleton: 508-565-1433 or email@example.com for help with finding alternative sources (subject liaison areas: Business, Economics, Health Care Administration and Political Science)
- Heather Perry: 508-565-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with finding alternative sources (subject liaison areas: Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Visual & Performing Arts and the Writing Program)
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.
With so many students working remotely this semester, we are not purchasing any print materials. We are focusing on finding electronic copies of all materials that faculty request. To order materials, please contact Heather O'Leary at email@example.com.
Most library instruction will be conducted remotely. But librarians are happy to discuss faculty needs and work with them to create the most appropriate instruction session.
You can contact the librarian of your choice:
- Trish McPherson: 508-565-1844 or firstname.lastname@example.org (subject liaison areas: American Studies, English Gender & Sexuality Studies, Languages, Literature & Culture, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies & Theology)
- Joe Middleton: 508-565-1433 or email@example.com (subject liaison areas: Business, Economics, Health Care Administration and Political Science)
- Heather Perry: 508-565-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org (subject liaison areas: Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Visual & Performing Arts and the Writing Program)