Dear Faculty and Staff,
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the services of the University Libraries continue to evolve to advance and support teaching, learning and research. To promote health and safety, the University Libraries are delivering most services virtually. Faculty, staff and students may access a wide range of resources and services remotely and are encouraged to do so. These services include:
- Live Virtual Reference Service available via chat, text or email with Ask-A-Librarian Sunday-Friday.
- Appointments with a Subject Librarian via email, phone, Zoom or other methods.
- Off-campus access to library materials:
- Library Instruction
- Course Reserves
- Scholarly Communication
- Copyright and Fair Use
- Authors Rights
- Open Access
- Publishing in USD’s Institutional Repository
The University Libraries will provide limited, by appointment-only access for USD faculty to I.D. Weeks Library. They may request access to I.D. Weeks for the sole purpose of using the physical collections (books, journals, archives, oral history materials, films). Faculty are asked to only use the service if remote access to library resources and services will not adequately support their teaching and research needs. Faculty mentors may request access to I.D Weeks Library on behalf of advanced graduate and undergraduate students.
The service will begin on May 18 and continue until further notice. When making a request, please note the following:
- Requests for access by appointment may be mailed to Circ@usd.edu. When requesting an appointment, please provide notice, preferably one business day. Access to the collections will be available 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- Library staff will confirm the appointment by email. The email confirmation will include guidance on social distancing, wearing a face covering, selecting a block of time (1-hour increments) for working in the library, presenting a university ID, using self-checkout for books and related information to protect you and library staff members.
- The service is aligned with guidelines from the CDC, and library users are expected to follow CDC guidance.
- The service is only available to USD faculty, staff and students. At this time, computer labs, study rooms and some general study areas in I.D. Weeks are not available.
University Libraries faculty, staff and administration, in consultation with members of the university’s COVID-19 Task Force, developed the service above and will monitor the implementation of the service. While the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, the service is subject to change and/or cancel.
At this time, the Wegner Health Sciences Library building remains closed. For information on virtual services, please see https://libguides.usd.edu/online-learning/Wegner.