September 12, 2020
In September, the library space will reopen with reduced hours and capacity, with modifications in place to support physical distancing. Library users will be asked to sign in and out to assist in contact tracing as needed. Hours will be posted on the website and on the library entrance doors.
- Furniture has been rearranged to allow for studying while maintaining physical distancing. Study rooms will be available for individual use. The Rare Book Room will be closed until further notice.
- Consumption of food and drinks will not be allowed in the library.
- Print materials, including reserves, will circulate with a 72-hour quarantine upon return.
- The loan period on reserves will change to one week to accommodate altered class schedules.
- Print materials may be used in the library without checking out, but they must be returned to the marked “Returns” bin after use and will go into 72-hour quarantine.
Library staff will be teleworking when not in the library and are available via email Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.
June 16, 2020
For summer term, the physical library will remain closed; however, checkouts will resume in a limited way:
- Books and other materials from the main stacks may be requested and picked up at the front door of the library by appointment.
- Request items starting July 6 through the online catalog or by emailing email@example.com.
- Once we receive your request, we will reach out by email to schedule a pickup time.
- Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before returning to the shelf.
- Reserve books may NOT be checked out at this time, since we cannot effectively sanitize them between uses.
During summer term, library staff are available via email Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.
June 12, 2020
The library is still closed until further notice, but we continue to provide essential services as outlined below.
Students, in order to close out the school year, we need you to please return all checked-out library materials by Monday, July 6. You can find further instructions here.
We are working on plans for summer term and will update this page as information is available.
March 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 link, not 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 email@example.com.
We are here to help in any way possible during this time. Please contact us with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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:
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
- 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 link, not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.