COVID-19 Library Service Updates

Last updated: May 5, 2020

Library staff are committed to providing excellent services, even during these challenging times. Please check back for updates about the library building and library services. Library staff continue to work remotely; Governor Walz has extended the Minnesota stay-at-home order to May 18.

See the Ask Us Page for contact information and to schedule a research consultation.

Macalester Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates main page

Spring 2020: Shared Experience  – How has this epidemic impacted the Mac Community? Mac College Archives has created this space for you to share with future generations, and in real time, with our community (public view is optional) Upload stories, photos, videos, and documents in order to share your experience with others.

Library building is closed

The building is closed until further notice.
Remote Support: We will continue offering support online via email, chat, virtual consultations and instruction, e-collections access, and electronic delivery of interlibrary loan. Library staff will be working remotely at home.

Returning Library Materials

Do you have Mac library or interlibrary loan materials that need to be returned? If you are currently on or near campus and wish to return materials, you may now use the book drop located to the left of the front doors of the library. Note, if you are returning interlibrary loan materials, please be sure to include the paperwork inside the item. It is also okay to keep materials until you are back on campus. If you will not be returning to campus and are unable to return materials, or if you have any questions, please contact us through the Ask Us form on the library web site.

Remote help for students

Faculty Remote Support

  • Library Remote Support for Teaching Remotely: more information for instructors
  • Textbooks: We are exploring options for accessing digital versions of reserve textbooks, but it may be difficult to locate all textbooks in the desired edition. Questions: please contact: AskUs form
  • Course Reserves: Please communicate with your students on course materials and access to the materials. To locate access to a digital copy please work through the steps on the Course Reserves page. Note that some textbooks are available only for spring semester and need to be accessed directly from the VitalSource and RedShelf platforms. You can see a list of items with this special access, in addition to instructions on:
  • Jan Serie Center: Resources for Teaching Remotely
  • We support remote teaching. Contact the subject area Research and Instruction Librarian We are also happy to be practice subjects in using Zoom, etc, as you make your move to online instruction.
  • Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research:
    • from the statement: “It is evident that making materials available and accessible to students in this time of crisis will almost always be a fair use. As long as we are being thoughtful in our analysis and limiting our activities to the specific needs of our patrons during this time of crisis, copyright law supports our uses.”

Library Due Dates

  • Late fees on physical items such as books and DVDs are being waived for Macalester faculty, students, and staff. Due dates have been extended.
  • Please hang on to library materials, if you are planning to return for the 2020-21 academic year—and if you are able to do so.

Interlibrary Loan

  • No physical material requests are being processed at this time. We are no longer checking out physical interlibrary loan materials. No print items will be scanned; no physical items will be sent.
  • Please do not return Interlibrary Loan books, unless you are leaving the local area. Individuals with overdue items will not be “blocked” from making article requests. Note, if you are returning interlibrary loan materials, please be sure to include the paperwork inside the item
  • If you have any questions about interlibrary loan or your account, contact: Ask Us
  • Articles received electronically are being processed. However, many libraries have closed or are closing so we may need to cease interlibrary loan based on system closures.