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Library Updates: COVID-19

A guide to help you with the shift to online classes. Featuring: news, information, library & educational resource

COVID Updates

The Library is excited to have our students, faculty, and staff back on campus!

While this academic year looks a little different, the Library is always here to help with all your research and study needs. See the section below for updates to our services. 

Service Updates:


Library Service Desk Hours (Spring 2021)

  • Sunday: noon - midnight 
  • Monday-Thursday: 8 am - midnight
  • Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm

Access to the collection space is available when the Service Desk is open. Holiday and break hours can be found here.

Building Access (Spring 2021)

To allow time for cleaning and disinfecting:

  • Academic & Research Building Closure @ 10 pm: Every night the classroom wing of the ARB will be closed and cleared of people at 10 pm. Anyone wishing to stay in the building will need to move to the Library wing of the ARB.
  • Library Closure @ Midnight: The Library wing of the building will close at midnight. Anyone remaining in the building will be asked to leave and can return the next morning when the building reopens. 


Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, the library is currently limiting access to UHSP faculty, staff, and students only. 

Health and Safety Measures

Social Distancing & Frequent Cleaning

Library staff is following all university and local public health guidelines, including social distancing, wearing masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizing and disinfecting of workspaces and equipment, and self-monitoring for symptoms. 

Furniture Placement

Library seating has been reconfigured to add space between chairs and tables, and in some spaces, physical barriers have been added. No furniture may be moved or rearranged.

Face Coverings

Masks are required in all shared spaces including but not limited to classrooms, lounge spaces, the library, and student support offices.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is prioritized as the main measure to reduce the spread of disease. Physical distancing (approximately 6 ft) should be practiced in all locations on campus, including hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, residence halls, classrooms, meeting rooms, etc.

Printing and Scanning

1st Floor Printer Relocated

To ease congestion, the printer on the first floor of the Library was moved to the Lower Level of the Collection Space (the area with the books). Access the printer by using the library elevator or the back stairwell. 

The printer is only accessible while the Service Desk is open. 

Color Printer

The color printer on the second floor of the library remains in the same location. To print black and white pages on the color printer: select "black and white" in the print options before submitting your print job.

Printing via FedEx

The University has partnered with FedEx to create a printing solution students can utilize while off-campus. Students can submit print jobs online through FedEx and bill them to their student account.

All print job requests must be submitted online, in-person orders for student accounts are not accepted. Completed print jobs can be picked up in-store or mailed directly to you.

Students should contact library staff at with questions and the student account code.

When students are ready to print, contact Jameka Holton at 314.780.5261 or for assistance in setting up a user name and password with FedEx.

Course Reserves

Print Course Reserves Resumed

The Library has resumed checking out print course materials. We realize there is a remote possibility of the COVID virus surviving on a book cover or pages.

While using print reserves we recommend the following:
  • Keep your mask on at all times
  • Avoid touching your faces or eyes
  • Do not consume food or drink
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after handling books

DVDs on Course Reserve

Reserve DVDs check out as normal. DVD cases and DVDs will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. 

Anatomy Models

Models can be checked out from the Desk. Smaller models will be sterilized in our UV cabinet after each use, while larger models will be sterilized with a UV wand. 

Study Rooms

Study Rooms are reservation-only

To use a study room you and your study partner must make a reservation. Rooms have a maximum occupancy of 2 students. 

To access your reserved room stop at the Library Service Desk to check out the key. When your reservation is over return the key to the Library Service Desk.  

All group study rooms are locked when not in use.

Reservation Process

  1. Go to
  2. Select a room to see available dates and times.
  3. Select the starting time for your three-hour reservation
  4. Enter your name, your UHSP email address, and the name of the person using the room with you.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email at the time of booking and a reminder email 2 hours before your reservation.

You can reschedule or cancel your reservation any time using the link sent in your confirmation email.

Accessing Your Reserved Room

  1. At the start of your reservation time go to the Library Service Desk and show the staff your confirmation email.
  2. Library Staff will check out the key to your room for 3 hours. 
  3. At the end of your 3-hour reservation, you will need to...
    • Return the key to the Library Service Desk (fees will be charged to your student account if the key is late or lost)
    • Wipe down the table with cleaning supplies in the room. 

Study Rooms Policies

  • You can have one reservation per day. 
  • Only two people are allowed in a room at one time.
  • We need to know who has been in the room for health reasons.
  • Show up to use the room on time - If you need to cancel a reservation, use the link in the confirmation email to cancel.
  • Please be considerate and clean – Capped drinks and simple snack foods work the best.
  • Remember rooms are not soundproof so please keep conversations at a moderate level.
  • Before leaving the room erase notes from the whiteboard, throw away all trash, and double-check that you have not left anything behind.

Dry Erase Kits

We have several dry erase marker kits available for checkout at the Library Service Desk. Each kit comes with a variety of markers and an eraser. Kits check out for 3 hours. 

Book a Librarian

Book a LibrarianGetting frustrated?

Schedule an appointment with a Librarian

Whether you have a quick question, are having trouble with a library resource, or need help with research we can help!

Select from a quick appointment or a longer 30-minutes research appointment. Librarians are available to meet via Teams Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.

A research appointment is a 30-minute, customized, one-on-one research consultation session with a reference librarian. You will have the opportunity to discuss your topic in-depth with the librarian, who will offer suggestions for resources to help you in your research. The librarian will advise you on choosing appropriate research resources, picking search terms, and developing a search strategy.

Checking Out, Renewals, and Returns

Checking Out Materials

Library users may browse the collection. Please leave all items that you've handled on the carts located in the Lower Level and Mezzanine. Any item you would like to check out should be brought to the Library Service Desk.

At checkout please do the following:
  • Hold your UHSP ID against the plexiglass barrier so the staff can enter your name into our system
  • Locate the library barcodes on items (usually on the outside back cover or last few pages of a book) so library staff can scan the barcodes.

Returning Items

Library Return in hallwayWhile the Service Desk is open return the following in the dropbox:
  • MOBIUS Books 
  • DVDs
While the Service Desk is open return the following to the Desk:
  • Anatomy Models
  • Calculators
  • Course Reserve Textbooks
  • Dry erase kits
  • Laptop cords/HDMI cords
After the Service Desk is closed all materials should be placed in the Library Return box. 
  • The Library Return box is located down the hallway to the right of the Service Desk.

Renewing items

Books from our collection & MOBIUS can be renewed through your library account. The link for "My Library Account" is on the Library homepage under the Library Services heading. 

Two renewals are possible unless there is a hold on the item. If you need an item longer email

Books checked out through Interlibrary Loan can only be renewed by emailing

Disinfecting Materials

Please don’t clean or disinfect print library materials. It may damage the materials and it’s not necessary given the precautions our staff will be taking. Materials requested for pickup will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they are made available for you.

Requesting Books in MOBIUS

Books requested through MOBIUS may take longer than normal

Items requested in MOBIUS will take longer than normal to receive, please build in extra time when placing requests.

To mitigate the spread of the virus, we are quarantining all incoming books for 72 hours (3 days) after they are received at the library. After the 3 day quarantine, we will email you that your books are ready for pickup.

For help requesting books visit our How to Find a Book guide.

Disinfecting Materials

Please don’t clean or disinfect print library materials. It may damage the materials, and it’s not necessary given the precautions our staff will be taking. Materials requested for pickup will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they are made available for you.

Interlibrary Loan

Article Requests 

Articles requested through interlibrary loan should NOT be affected. You can expect to receive a PDF copy of your requested article by email within the normal time frame (2-4 business days).

Book Requests

Due to COVID, we expect possible delays for books requested through interlibrary loan. It may take longer to get books from lending libraries depending on COVID safety measures. Once a book arrives at UHSP, it will be quarantined for 72 hours before we notify you of its availability. 

Your checkout length will not be affected by the quarantine hold. However, keep in mind checkout lengths for interlibrary loan books vary greatly. To renew your interlibrary loan book, please email

Disinfecting Materials

Please don’t clean or disinfect print library materials. It may damage the materials, and it’s not necessary given the precautions our staff will be taking. Materials requested for pickup will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they are made available for you.