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FSU Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Changes to Operations

FSU Libraries are currently closed to help slow transmission of the coronavirus. We will continue to provide services remotely during the period of online instruction. Visit our Off-Campus Access page for a list of helpful remote services and resources. 

Ask a Librarian 

Our Ask a Librarian live chat is here to answer your questions and help you connect to the resources you need. Click the garnet "Ask A Librarian" tab on the right side of this page or visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/help/ask.

Current Ask a Librarian Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - Midnight

If you are in need of assistance outside of these times, please feel free to submit your question and we will be sure to respond within 24 hours. 

Changes to Services

Library CollectionsAs always, our extensive online resources are available both on- and off-campus. Physical collections are not available for checkout during the library closure, and LEDS delivery has been suspended.

Scanning: Limited scanning will be available as staffing allows. To request a scan, undergraduates may use our book search form. Graduates, staff, and faculty may use the LEDS request form. Instructors who would like materials scanned for in-course use may submit a reserve item request and select "Place these reserves in Canvas."

Due Dates and Fines: Due dates will be extended and fines will be waived for FSU-owned library items until after the libraries reopen. For information about interlibrary loan items, please contact lib-borrowing@fsu.edu.

Research Help: Reference and general research assistance is available online through our Ask A Librarian service, which is available Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. until midnight, Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday noon until 6:00 p.m., and Sunday noon until midnight. For more in-depth research help, including research consultations on Zoom, please contact your subject librarian or use our request form.

Interlibrary Loan: ILL is still accepting requests for articles and book chapters, though these services may be limited due to staffing and availability. Interlibrary Loan for print materials has been suspended. If you need materials, please reach out to your subject librarian about eBook and/or eResource availability. For information about interlibrary loan due dates, please contact lib-borrowing@fsu.edu.

UBorrow: State University Libraries UBorrow service is temporarily suspended. For information about UBorrow due dates, please contact lib-borrowing@fsu.edu.

Tutoring: Late night tutoring and Modern Languages tutoring is available via Zoom. Please see our tutoring page for links, a list of subjects, and current hours of operation.

Instruction: Librarians are available to support classes with instruction and research help while classes meet remotely. In addition to research skills, we can help you identify online, open, or primary source resources to use in your online teaching. To request library instruction, please reach out to your subject librarian or fill out a request form. Our digital research team also provides remote instruction as needed.

Events: Workshops will be offered on Zoom to accommodate remote learners. Please visit our Event Calendar for up-to-date information on planned events.

Digitization and Copyright Questions: FSU Librarians are available to consult about copyright and digitization questions that you may face as you transition to online teaching. Please contact your subject librarian or lib-digischol@fsu.edu for more information.

Special Collections: Special Collections & Archives is closed to all researchers until further notice. Special Collections & Archives Staff are available for remote research consultations and to help identify online primary sources to support online and asynchronous instruction. Please contact lib-specialcollections@fsu.edu for assistance.

Library Support in Canvas: We've gone beyond the physical libraries to seamlessly integrate our services and resources in Canvas. Learn more about how the Libraries is embedded in your Canvas dashboard and course sites in this FSU Libraries & Canvas Integration guide.

A Note from the Dean

The FSU Libraries are deeply committed to serving the needs of our university community and we will continue to provide instructional, research, and delivery services remotely, through online platforms. We are actively working with faculty to embed online instruction and teaching materials in classes. We will not deliver physical books to students and faculty through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or from our collections due to the possibility of contamination, but we will have staff on site to retrieve and scan print materials for document delivery and course reserves. We are also continuing to support our part-time staff through remote work projects.

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