Libraries

Covid-19

Fall Semester Service Updates - Oct. 13

With the start of fall semester, UC Libraries has opened library facilities to the UC community in a limited, phased approach to ensure social distancing. The priority remains to provide access to library resources to the extent possible while maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. The availability and use of locations and spaces within the libraries will be reviewed on a continual basis and updates will be posted on this site.

All library locations are open, with the exception of the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library; however, its collections are available through Click & Collect. Location specifics are listed below. 

UC Libraries remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services.

Looking for other places around campus to study? Check the website for a list of study spaces throughout the university.

A book drop for the return of materials can be found in the outer lobby of the Walter C. Langsam, currently best accessed via the Woodside Garage elevator or stairs (Library Plaza is completely closed due to construction).

With limited exceptions, there is no browsing of library materials in the stacks. The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service (now expanded to a daily service!) allows UC users to request printed library materials in the Library Catalog for pickup at designated locations. Requests made daily Monday-Friday are typically available the next business day. Users should wait for an e-mail pickup notice before coming to the library to pick up requested items. There is a limit of 10 items per request/25 a week. Pickup location details are available on the Libraries Click & Collect webpage.

Some campus buildings or library locations require a UC i.d. for entry, so it is advised to be prepared and always have your i.d. while on campus.

Library Location Information:

  • Operating Hours: 1-6pm, Monday-Friday
  • Capacity = 25 in Reading Room (including 12 study tables) and 12 in Media Lab (including 7 computer study spaces).
  • Library stacks will be partially available. Users are encouraged to continue to use Click & Collect for all other needs. 
    • Check out of all formats of circulating materials (books, scores, CDs, DVDs) is available through Click & Collect only.
    • Book stacks in the Reading Room are available for browsing. If necessary, by appointment to keep within capacity level.
    • Score and journal room stacks remain closed.
  • Use of the two electronic pianos in the Media Lab are by appointment only and require the use of personal headphones.
  • Listening/viewing in the Media Lab requires personal headphones.
  • Use of the scanner in the Media Lab is by appointment.
  • We welcome the return of CCM Library materials (only) to the CCM Library:
    • Hours: until August 21: 1pm-4pm, Monday-Friday. From August 24:, 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday.
    • CCM Library materials may be returned to the return carts/dropbox on the 6th floor landing directly outside the main entrance to the CCM Library (which is located at Blegen 600).
  • For more information on the availability of CCM Library spaces and resources, visit the Re-Opening FAQ.
  • Operating Hours: 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Capacity = 26 (16 in Reading Room).
  • No browsing of collections except for reference stacks.
  • CEAS books and reserve textbooks can be requested through the Click & Collect contactless borrowing service. Reserve books will be due on Nov 25 (last day of in-person classes). Contact Craig.Person@uc.edu with questions.
  • Reference books must be requested by e-mail. Contact Craig.Person@uc.edu to place a request.
  • If you no longer need to use a book/textbook, you are welcome to return it to the CEAS Library book drop before its due date.  Only CEAS Library items may be returned here. Returned items are quarantined 6 days before being available to borrow again.
  • For help with services, literature searches or locating articles/standards, contact Science & Engineering Ask-A-Librarian.  CEAS Librarians are available for online consultations and instruction sessions.

Operating Hours: 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday

  • Capacity = 23
  • CECH books can be requested through Click & Collect contactless borrowing service.
  • The 300 level of the CECH Library will be open with limited physical access to the collections on this floor. Browsing by appointment only.
  • The CECH Library MakerLab and Info Commons are also open 1-4pm, Monday-Friday
  • Contact Katie.Foran@uc.edu for additional details.

Operating Hours: UC i.d. card swipe is required for access. As of Monday, Aug. 24, card swipe hours for all undergraduates, as well as chemistry-biology grad students and faculty are Monday-Friday, 7:30am-7pm.

  • Capacity = 41 seats are available (14 at workstations, approx. 27 study seats), with signage on distancing requirements.
  • All requested Chem-Bio items, including textbook reserves, can be picked up and returned at the Geo-Math-Physics Library, 240 Braunstein Hall.  No pickups or returns can be made at Chem-Bio Library.
  • Journal volumes/reference books can be borrowed by emailing Katie.Hillery@uc.edu. These items will be due on Wednesday, Nov. 25 (last day of in-person classes).
  • Journal volumes/reference books can be browsed when inside of the library. Any items used must be left on a designated cart to undergo a 6-day quarantine. 
  • For help with services, literature searching or locating articles, contact Science & Engineering Ask-A-Librarian or Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu.
  • Physical stack access will be available for UC Classics faculty and graduate students on Wednesdays 1-5pm and Thursdays 9am-5pm.
  • The Click & Collect request and retrieval service is available for all other users. Requests made through the Library Catalog for Classics Library items by Wednesdays before 9am will be available for pick up inside the door to the Classics Library on Thursdays 2-5pm.

Operating Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday by appointment only.

  • The DAAP Library will be open by appointment from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday for browsing. Please schedule your visit one day in advance. A confirmation email will be sent confirming the appointment. Please make a reservation with Elizabeth Meyer at elizabeth.meyer@uc.edu.
  • Capacity = 12
  • The DAAP Library is open to browse, view, checkout library materials, and computer use to access library resources. No study rooms or study tables will be available.
  • DAAP Library books can be requested through Click & Collect contactless borrowing service.  Pick up materials at the 3000 level desk area on a designated cart. Another cart is available for material return.
  • For those outside the College of DAAP requiring library materials, email elizabeth.meyer@uc.edu
  • No operating hours for users in Fall. Please go to Langsam Library or the Chemistry-Biology Library for study space in a library.
  • GMP’s book drop opens on Aug 24, only for the return of GMP Library/Chem-Bio Library items.
  • GMP stacks are not available for browsing. GMP stacks books can be requested through the Click and Collect request and pickup service.    Contact Katie.Hillery@uc.edu with questions.
  • GMP Reserve textbooks and reference books can be borrowed by emailing Katie.Hillery@uc.edu. These items will be due Wednesday, Nov. 25 (last day of in-person classes). 

Operating Hours: 9am-7pm, Monday-Friday

  • The Care/Crawley Building, location of HSL, requires UC i.d. for entry.
  • The library will open by tiers based as capacity dictates in order to maintain sanitation and social distancing.
    • Tier 1. Beginning August 10, the E-Level of the library will be open and available for patron use. Please note that seating will be limited to ensure the mandatory 6-foot physical distancing. (Seating capacity 25)
    • Tier 2. After three weeks, HSL leadership will reassess space usage and, if necessary, open the G-Level of the library for patron use. (Seating capacity 40)
    • Tier 3. After a six-week period, HSL leadership will again reassess space usage of levels E&G to determine whether to open the R-Level of the HSL. (Seating Capacity 40)
  • Furniture layout and a seating capacity of 25 will ensure the mandatory 6' physical distancing.
  • Once capacity is reached, others must wait to enter the library until seating becomes available.
  • Masks are required to enter the library.
  • The Troup Learning Space will not be available during the first six weeks of the semester.
  • The library stacks remain closed. Users should use the Click & Collect service to request library materials.

Operating Hours: 8am- 8pm, Monday-Friday
Click and Collect Hours: 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

  • The 400 level only will be open by quadrants as capacity dictates in order to maintain sanitation and social distancing. 
    • Quadrant 1 = 80 seats, 40 computers, 4 pianos, 1 micro reader
    • Quadrant 2 = 80 seats
    • Quadrant 3 = 80 seats
  • Study Rooms, classrooms and the Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) are closed.
  • The Adaptive Tech space is open with a limit of one person and only one PC computer.
  • The library stacks remain closed. Users should use the Click & Collect service to request library materials. 
  • While due dates for materials have been extended until February 2021, users wishing to return items may do so in the book drop located in Langsam's outer lobby. Those items will go into quarantine and be checked in six days later.
  • No equipment will circulate. Contact Ben Kline with questions or concerns. 
  • Access to the Prayer and Meditation Room is limited to three people at a time.
  • The piano keyboards, scanners, public computers and printers on the 400 level are available for use with social distancing measurements and cleaning protocols in place.
  • Langsam Starbucks will be open M-F, 9am-5pm for take out only. No Food or Drink is allowed in the library.

The UCBA Library will be reopening on Monday, August 17 with the following services available in person, virtually or both. For details, visit their FAQ page.

https://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/ucba.html

UC Clermont College Library will reopen on August 24 with both physical and virtual support. For details, visit their FAQ page.

https://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/clermont.html

Open to Law faculty, staff and students only. Fall Semester Hours (beginning August 24, 2020)

  • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays & Sundays CLOSED

Important Online Links


Key Info on Library Resources & Services

Have questions? 

  • Use our online Chat service available 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, to connect with UC Library Staff. 
  • Contact us through these online forms.
  • You can also contact your college or program’s Subject Specialists for assistance.
  • Ask A Reference Question - Need help with locating resources, or help with a topic? Contact a Librarian for assistance.
  • Ask A Circulation Question- Have a question about circulation: renewals, fines, borrowing- ask here.
  • Library users can request OhioLINK materials for pickup at Langsam, UCBA, HSL and Law through the OhioLINK catalog. Building entry restrictions at HSL and Law will limit these pickup locations to only those with ID card access to the building. Clermont Collge Library will start August 17. 
  • As we are following REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project recommendations, all library print materials will be quarantined six days before being processed and made available to users. This applies to both returned library materials and those requested through OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan.
  • Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) library users may request print books and electronic copies of articles and chapters from books not held by UC Libraries. The pickup location for print materials will be Langsam Library only for west campus.
  • Due dates have been extended for all materials to February 15, 2021.
  • You may renew borrowed materials by logging in to My Library Record.

If you experience any problems with renewing materials for any reason, including renewal limits, please contact us.

  • Due dates have been extended for all materials to February 15, 2021. 
  • If you must return print materials, a book return box is available in the lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library. Specific library locations are accepting returns of those library materials only. See each Library Location Information above for details.
  • As we are following REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project recommendations, all library print materials will be quarantined six days before being processed and made available to users. This applies to both returned library materials and those requested through OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan.
  • Equipment returns: Equipment (such as laptops and cameras) have also been renewed until February 15, 2021. If you wish to return equipment, do not show up at Langsam with your items or leave them outside the library. Contact Ben Kline (or leave a voice message at 513-556-1419) to schedule a return. Do not take equipment items to Public Safety. They will no longer accept those items.

Items requested from SWORD (Southwest Ohio Regional Depository) will be sent to Langsam Library only for pickup. Please note - SWORD will initially appear as the pickup location at the time of request, but will change to Langsam as the request is processed. 

  • UC Libraries supports faculty and instructors to integrate information literacy into courses and empower students as they develop their research abilities. 
  • For the foreseeable future, this support will occur 100% online, including library instruction, orientations, and workshops.
  • To learn more about instruction from UC Libraries in your subject/college, check out our teaching support page.

For up-to-date university information regarding coronavirus - https://www.uc.edu/publichealth.html