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University operations

Faculty and staff whose work does not require them to be on campus are encouraged to stay at home if at all possible. Please give serious consideration to the necessity of visiting campus while the city’s stay-at-home advisory is in effect. Do not visit campus if you have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms.

If on-campus resources are essential to your work, DePaul’s buildings will be available to faculty, staff and others with authorized access from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Faculty who use Zoom classrooms to teach will still be able to access them during these times.

  • ​Lincoln Park: All buildings will operate in controlled access mode, requiring an ID card swipe for entry.
  • Loop: All DePaul buildings will require you to show a DePaul ID and sign in.
Music students may still access the Holtschneider Performance Center’s practice rooms using the School of Music’s scheduling system.

Law students may continue to access buildings in the Loop by showing a DePaul ID and signing in.

Remember to use the #CampusClear app each time you prepare to come to campus.



University libraries: 
For the most up-to-date information on the DePaul University Library and its services, please visit the COVID-19 DePaul Library Services Guide.  

Contactless Pick-up Service for local materials and I-Share has resumed at both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library. S​ervice hours have been recently been expanded and includes materials requested locally from our own library locations or via I-Share.​ In addition, the following on-site services will continue: ​ 
  • Expanded course reserves services, including new acquisitions, digitization of audio and video materials, and scanning of book chapters and articles
  • Book drops are open for returns as well as our Click and Ship service
  • Document delivery including book chapter and article scanning for purposes beyond course reserves
  • Special Collections and Archives digital reference services utilizing physical collections, and instruction preparation (item selection and digitization)   
  • Interlibrary loan service for physical materials (for faculty)
The University Library is not currently accepting reservations for computer use on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library. 

For information on access, services and available resources for the Rinn Law Library, please visit the Rinn Law Library website

If you have any questions, please Ask a Librarian for help

Barnes & Noble: 
Bookstores on the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses are open with modified hours and offerings. Please check their website​ for the most up-to-date information because hours are subject to change.​​

Barnes & Noble: 
Bookstores on the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses are open with modified hours and offerings. Please check their website​ for the most up-to-date information because hours are subject to change.​​


​For the most up-to-date list of open computer labs on-campus, please visit ​​Information Services website​.


​Yes. Under the Chicago Department of Public Health's (CDPH) guidelines:  
  • The contact tracing team will call people who were in close contact with the individual who tested positive  
  • Faculty, staff and students will receive an email notification from DePaulCommunityHealth@depaul.edu each time a positive COVID-19 case occurs with an individual who was on-campus while potentially infectious.
Please note that the identities of positive cases and the people who have been in close contact with them will never be shared publicly with the DePaul community. All will remain anonymous. DePaul's priority is to maintain privacy and respect the dignity of all people during this challenging time.

No. The identities of positive cases and the people who have been in close contact with them will never be shared publically with the DePaul community. All will remain anonymous. 

DePaul's priority is to maintain privacy and respect the dignity of all people during this challenging time.

​All building’s HVAC filters have been upgraded from MERV 8 to MERV 13. All buildings with automated HVAC systems are programmed to increase the amount of fresh, outside air brought into the building by a factor of two whenever possible. 

Also, the airflow in the Holtschneider Performance Center’s music practice rooms were increased by an additional 100 cubic feet per minute (CFM) at a minimum.

For more information on DePaul's ventilation system improvements, ​please visit Newsline​

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