COVID-19

Due to the current status of the pandemic and the decision by UConn to move classes online for the first two weeks of the semester, UConn Library locations will be closed to patrons from Thursday, January 6th through Sunday, January 30th. 

 

Hours

There are no public hours for any of our library locations. Please see Health Sciences Library and Law Library for information on their hours and services.

Materials

We will be providing access to physical materials from our collection through our request service. Requested items can be picked up at Homer Babbidge Library any time Monday - Thursday between 10am and 2pm. Other library locations are available by appointment only. 

Interlibrary Services, including requests for print ILLiad materials, are still available.

Archives & Special Collections will provide virtual research support. The John P. McDonald Reading Room will remain closed.

Laptops and other gadgets are not available for loan.

Microfilm readers are only available for use by appointment. If you request microform materials, we will contact you to set up a time.  

Community Borrowers may make online requests for eligible materials from any UConn Library location to be pre-paged for pick up at the Homer Babbidge Library only. No appointment is necessary Monday – Thursday, 10am-2pm. All other campus locations do not allow for community access at this time. For assistance, please contact us.

Book Returns (Library-owned and Interlibrary Loan materials)

Books can be returned through the book drops or in person in some locations.  Not sure where our book drops are?

Homer Babbidge

    • North Entrance (across from the seal on Fairfield Way-24 hours)
    • South Entrance (just inside the doorway next to Bookworms-24 hours)
    • iDesk on Plaza (M-Th, 10am-2pm)

Avery Point - outside book drop on parking lot side of the building at top of ramp

Hartford - outside the Arch Street entrance adjacent to the parking deck (shared book drop with the Hartford Public Library) or schedule a return on Tuesday & Thursdays 10am -2pm

Stamford - the campus building is closed so please contact Jenny Gregory to make arrangements.

Waterbury - outside of the Library to the left of the entrance. You must have a UConn ID to enter the main building. Please refer to the campus reopening document for more information. If you do not have a valid UConn ID, please contact Steve Bustamante for alternative arrangements.

Spaces / Services

Study space, group studies, research carrels, and meeting/event spaces will not be available. 

Bookworms Cafe is closed, but the space will be available 24/7 with limited seating for printing, scanning, and public computers. 

The Technology Support Center - Quick Support will be open Monday - Thursday, 10am-2pm by appointment only

Questions but not sure who to contact?

You can always use the Ask A Librarian chat (they also have a great FAQ),  email us at homer@uconn.edu or contact us through our webpage. We are here to answer your questions!

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Our guiding principle is to support students and faculty while protecting the health of our community. We will continue to be flexible and in constant review of what is possible following guidance from the CDC, the State of Connecticut, and UConn, as well as availability of cleaning supplies, PPE, and staff for onsite work.  All Library locations funded and staffed by UConn Library will fall under this centralized planning, including all Regional Campus Libraries, this does not include the Lyman Maynard Stowe Health Sciences Library or the Thomas J. Meskill Law Library.

For service and building hours changes, please follow us on our social media

Library Materials - Physical 

Access to collections in the stacks in Homer Babbidge is now available. All other campus libraries will open on August 30th.  Until that time you can continue to request materials in advance for you to pick up at our campus locations (Request UConn Items) or request scanning and electronic delivery of chapters and articles from print resources that are not available online (Scan on Demand). 

In order to comply with copyright laws, we have concluded our participation in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) program, which provided electronic access to print books from our collections.

Community borrowing program is available as of August 30.

 

Book Returns (Library-owned and Interlibrary Loan materials)

Books can be returned through the book drops or in person at the Homer Babbidge Library information desk. 

Not sure where our book drops are?

Homer Babbidge

  • North Entrance (across from the seal on Fairfield Way-24 hours)
  • South Entrance (just inside the doorway next to Bookworms)
  • iDesk on Plaza

Avery Point - outside book drop on parking lot side of the building at top of ramp

Hartford - outside the Arch Street entrance

Stamford - the campus building is closed so please contact Jenny Gregory to make arrangements.

Waterbury - outside of the Library to the left of the entrance. You must have a UConn ID to enter the main building. Please refer to the campus reopening document for more information. If you do not have a valid UConn ID, please contact Steve Bustamante for alternative arrangements.

Not able to get to one of our campus locations? You  can return your books via the postal service to

UConn Library
369 Fairfield Way, Unit 1005C
Storrs, CT 06269

 

Course Reserves

We are prioritizing electronic access to materials for greater equity and increased usage. Whenever feasible, the Library will purchase electronic versions of physical materials (such as books and DVDs) that instructors have assigned to courses or requested be put on Course Reserve for Fall 2021. Materials unavailable in electronic format will be placed on traditional reserves at your selected campus location.

 

Archives & Special Collections

Archives & Special Collections will reopen to the public for onsite research visits on Monday, August 30th. The Reading Room Schedule is:
Monday-Friday
9:ooam-12:oopm - Open by appointment only
12:00pm-1:00pm - Closed for lunch and cleaning
1:00pm-4:00pm - Open by appointment and walk-ins welcome.

You can learn more on the A&SC COVID page and staff are available to meet with researchers via email, phone, or virtually by appointment.

ASC’s digital archival collections and other resources can be accessed through the Connecticut Digital Archive. Guides to our manuscript and archival collections can be searched in our online database, ArchivesSearch, while published resources and rare books can be found by searching the Library Catalog

Please reach out to us at any time for collection requests and all other questions: archives@uconn.edu or 860-486-2524.

 

Library Materials - Electronic 

Ebooks and Electronic Resources

All our electronic resources continue to be available online. We have ramped up our streaming video and ebook offerings. See our guide to Library Electronic Resources for information on requesting purchases and searching these collections. You may request purchase of electronic alternatives to physical materials by filling out this form or emailing lib.acquisitions@uconn.edu.

 

Streaming Videos

We offer thousands of streaming videos on demand which can be found in the UConn Library’s Streaming Videos Collection. See Library Electronic Resources 2021 for information on requesting purchases and searching these collections. To request the library purchase a new stream, please fill out this form or email lib.acquisitions@uconn.edu.

 

Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA)

Resources in the CTDA, including Archives & Special Collections’ digital archival collections, are available at https://ctdigitalarchive.org/uconn-update