COVID-19 Library Service Updates

Last updated: March 28, 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.

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

Macalester Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates main page

Library building is closed

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.

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. You can see a list of “Course Reserves” and textbook titles that we have identified access to, and access instructions:
  • 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 Materials and Due Dates

  • Students leaving campusPlease return library and interlibrary loan materials by 4:30p.m, March 27. (Book drop is open) If you need to retain the materials, please contact us by chat or email so we can discuss options: Ask Us
  • Faculty, staff, and students staying locally: please do not return any Macalester owned DVDs and print items (e.g. books, bound journals). Ignore any “item due” auto generated emails for books and DVDs.
  • Laptops and Electronics: Do not use the outside book drop. Please send a message via the AskUs form to make other arrangements.
  • Late fees on physical items such as books and DVDs are being waived for Macalester faculty, students, and staff. We are working on updating due dates for these items.

Interlibrary Loan

  • No physical material requests are being processed at this time. Due dates are being adjusted to a later date. We are no longer checking out physical interlibrary loan materials. No print items will be scanned; no physical items will be sent.
  • If you have any questions about interlibrary loan or your account, contact: Ask Us. This may include:
    • What to do in your circumstance
    • Your account is “blocked” because of an overdue item
    • You are leaving / have gone but need the material –We will try to find an electronic version of the same or similar materials for you
  • 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.