The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dean's Update: Restarting In-Person Library Services

July 1, 2020

Restarting in-person library services and onsite access will be a gradual process. The campus Research and Libraries Working Group has developed a phased approach to restarting research and reopening the Libraries, and staff at the Libraries are working within this context to plan for the reintroduction of in-person services and onsite access. Over the next few weeks we will gradually reintroduce staff to the Du Bois Library to facilitate access to materials not available online, through our ILL and Library Express services. Limited scanning of some materials will also be available. Library staff continue to be available online through email and chat, to assist with finding online library resources, including navigating the many temporarily available electronic resources, including the HathiTrust Emergency Library.

As the campus plans for a phased reopening, the Libraries are working with campus partners to ensure a safe environment for the UMass community. We will be following state and campus directives as to when we can reopen library facilities, starting with the Du Bois Library.  Users can expect to see health and safety protocols, including physical distancing measures, in place when the Libraries begin to reopen physical spaces. Please visit our website or follow us on social media for updates on our services and onsite access to facilities. 

Stay safe and well,

Simon Neame
Dean, UMass Libraries

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