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University libraries will be open, but access is restricted to current Loyola students, faculty, and staff; or by appointment. No alumni access, reciprocal borrowing, or general visitor access is permitted.

To decrease the handling of physical materials and limit in-person transactions, the library stacks will be closed to patrons during fall 2020; print books, DVDs, and interlibrary loans may be requested and will be delivered by staff to a designated pick-up location. Archival research can be done by appointment only. All research assistance will be provided online through chat, email, or Zoom.

To ensure the safety of the Loyola community, face coverings are required upon entry and in all spaces within library buildings, including classrooms and study rooms. Patrons must socially distance. No in-person group or social studying is permitted; study tables are single-person occupancy only. Study rooms are also single-person occupancy and must be reserved in advance. No food is permitted. (Drinks are allowed but must be in spill-proof containers, such as bottles with lids or travel mugs.)

Lake Shore and Water Tower Libraries Guidelines

This policy is designed to cover the health and safety of all patrons who access libraries and library staff at Loyola University Chicago. These guidelines will be updated by teams that are tracking the benchmarks, statistics, daily reports, etc. of local, state, and national authorities and will make the needed adjustments to daily operations and protocols.

Scope

This policy covers the use of University libraries on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, including the following locations:

  • Lake Shore Campus
    • Cudahy Library/University Archives and Special Collections
    • Information Commons/Congressional Archive
    • Library storage facility
    • Piper Hall/Women and Leadership Archives

  • Water Tower Campus
    • Lewis Library

Library Rules

These guidelines apply across faculty, staff, students, disciplines, departments, buildings, etc.  Modifications and exceptions should be rare and only approved by an identified group (such as the Management, Policy, and Command section). 

Guidelines for library spaces

  • Building access: Access to the University Libraries is restricted to current Loyola students, faculty, and staff, or by appointment; no alumni access, reciprocal borrowing, or general visitor access is permitted.

  • Building/collection hours: 

    • Current
      • All buildings are closed, with remote services only

    • Fall 2020 semester, starting Monday, August 24, through Sunday, November 22
      • Cudahy Library
        Closed for the fall 2020 semester
      • Information Commons
        Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – midnight
      • Lewis Library
        Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
      • Archival collections (Congressional Archives, University Archives and Special Collections, Women and Leadership Archives)
        By appointment only
    • Fall 2020: Post-Thanksgiving

      • If campus is closed, then there will be staff-only access to libraries from Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

      • If campus is open, there will be reduced hours/limited on-site services (TBD)

Building policies

To ensure the safety of the Loyola community, the libraries will implement the following policies in all spaces for the fall 2020 semester

  • Masks or face coverings are required upon entry and in all spaces within library buildings, including classrooms and study rooms

  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required at all times and in all spaces

  • No in-person group or social studying is permitted; study tables are single-person occupancy only

  • No food is permitted; drinks must be in spill-proof containers, such as bottles with lids or travel mugs

  • Headphones must always be worn when doing computer work with audio output

Responsibilities

Staff

  • Continue to work remotely as much as possible
  • Create staggered, cohort-based staffing schedules according to determinations of the maximum number of library staff who may be in a building/collection at any one time
  • Limit staff access to buildings/collections to those who are scheduled to be on-site
  • Follow Loyola’s at all times and in all spaces
  • Clean shared staff equipment (scanners, book carts, etc.) between uses

Facilities

  • Develop one-way ingress/egress pathways for each building
  • Maintain physical environment such as signage for stairways, elevators, aisles, fencing, hallways, sectionals, etc.

Contractors/Vendors (Millard)

  • Wash and sanitize bathrooms, doorknobs, light switches, and other high-touch areas hourly
  • Ensure continual supply of hand-sanitizing dispensers, disinfecting wipes, soap, etc.
  • Dispose of trash

Campus Continuity Section

  • Continually review appropriateness of guiding principles and update documentation and communication as necessary
  • Apprise the Management, Policy, and Command section of new recommendations/decisions, as well as any complications to current planning


To view more information on library services guidelines, visit libraries.luc.edu/continuity.

Last Modified:   Wed, August 19, 2020 12:16 PM CDT
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