Our COVID-19 response

March 13, 2020

The library is closed until further notice, but we will continue to provide essential services during NUNM’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Required books for courses: faculty or students may request sections of reserve books be scanned for posting to Moodle.  Please limit your request to portions needed for current coursework. Make your request by emailing ill@nunm.edu.
  • Other books on our shelves: you may request scanning of needed portions for delivery via email.
  • Databases, electronic articles and e-books: access will continue as usual.  Remember that if you are using PubMed to access articles, be sure to access it via the library website or this linknot from Google.
  • Borrowing of articles and book chapters from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan): will continue as usual.  Borrowing of physical materials (e.g. books) is suspended until the library reopens.
  • Librarians: will be available during our usual open hours to help you find what you need.  Email us at library@nunm.edu.

We are here to help in any way possible during this time.  Please contact us with any questions.

More Information



FAQ

I still have books checked out. Do I need to return them? Am I going to charged overdue fines?
Hang on to the library materials you have checked out, and return them when campus reopens. We will be moving due dates forward as needed. You will not be charged fines for materials you had checked out when campus closed, as long as you return them on time when the library reopens.

I have required reading from a book I don’t own. It’s on the Reserve shelf – is there some way I can get it?
If the required reading isn’t already posted in Moodle, you can request that we scan the required portion by sending an email to ill@nunm.edu. We may ask you to coordinate with your course instructor to get it posted to Moodle.

Can I still request articles and books from other libraries (interlibrary loan)?
We are still able to fulfill most requests for articles, as long as we can receive them electronically. Physical book borrowing is suspended until we return to campus.


INFO FOR FACULTY

Need books?
To find online alternatives to print textbooks, you have options:

  • Library e-book collection: look to see if your textbook or an acceptable substitute is available electronically through the library.  You can post links to ebooks on your course Moodle pages for students to access. You can find help with searching the catalog for e-books here.
  • You can find free, open access textbooks in many places.  Here are two sources:

https://oasis.geneseo.edu/index.php
https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks

  • In cases where you must continue to use a print textbook, you can ​scan and post needed portions to Moodle. 
    • scan a portion of it yourself using a scanning app on your phone.  There are several free ones to choose from.
    • or, if this is not possible, ask your librarians to scan portions for posting to Moodle.  Please limit your request to portions needed for current coursework. Make your request by emailing ill@nunm.edu.

The Fair Use doctrine within U.S. copyright law provides the flexibility necessary for this critical time. Be sure use the “Restrict access” option in Moodle, so that access to the file or link is limited to spring term. Contact Moodle support if you’re not sure how to do this.

Need articles?

  • You can find articles in a variety of ways, including
    • PubMed and our other databases. Remember that if you are using PubMed to access articles, be sure to access it via the library website or this linknot from Google.
    • Read by QxMD, available online or as a phone app (select NUNM as your institution)
    • Google Scholar.  Select NUNM in Settings > Library links
  • If you need an article from the library’s print journals, you can request a scan by emailing ill@nunm.edu.
  • If you can’t get access to the article you need, we can almost always get it from another library fairly quickly.  Email us your request at ill@nunm.edu.