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COVID-19 Update – Finding Solutions to Help Students, Faculty, & Staff Even with Spaces Closed

March 19, 2020

Dear UW-Madison Library Community,

It’s hard to imagine all that has changed in the last few days. We’ve gone from anticipating students bringing positive energy back to campus following spring break to reconfiguring our entire professional and academic structure in a matter of days. It has been a monumental effort by so many across campus, with the Libraries playing a considerable role in ensuring students and faculty finish their semester successfully – even if it is not the way anyone expected. Change is hard, especially abrupt change like this, but it is an excellent opportunity to try new things and innovate

While we made significant decisions in the last 48 hours concerning the closure of our buildings, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. I will continue to provide daily updates, and we will be considering some additional methods of communication, once we head into next week. I ask that you continue to monitor our Libraries COVID page

While our physical spaces are closed until further notice, there are critical updates that you’ll need to be aware of as we review logistics:

The essential information you need to know:

  • All campus libraries are now closed until further notice. 
  • Laptops and requested materials can be picked between 12 pm-4 pm (M-F) at the Memorial Library entrance. 
  • Online and remote support for instruction and research will continue to be available.
  • Loan periods have been extended. More information – available on our COVID-19 library site.
  • We will move toward digital delivery of requested materials as much as possible.
  • Book return is being discouraged to minimize visits to campus. However, if a patron feels they must return an item, it should be brought to Memorial Library. 
  • ASK a Librarian – more information coming soon about additional staffing to assist with the anticipated increase in engagement.

As I’ve mentioned, we have a lot of work and several interesting challenges ahead of us, but what we’ve accomplished already is incredible – THANK YOU! 


Lisa Carter