DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Library information spring 2020
By University Marketing and Communications /
March 25, 2020 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
The John T. Richardson Library, the Loop Library and the Rinn Law Library will be closed through spring quarter. While our buildings are closed, we will continue to provide virtual reference and instruction services, as well as virtual support for services like course reserves and electronic document delivery.
For more information on our resources and services during this time, please visit
University Library's COVID-19 site. More information about the Rinn Law Library resources is available on
the library's website.
If you have questions or need any help, use our
Ask a Librarian service. Librarians are available via chat, phone or Zoom seven days a week (see
hours). Librarians can help you:
Looking for sources, readings or materials for your classes? Check out our custom
Research Guides to find the best databases and online resources for your discipline.
You can still access e-books, articles, streaming videos and all other materials we usually provide online. Check out our online
tutorials and guides to learn more.
While the library is no longer circulating physical materials, you can request electronic access to book chapters, articles and other digital materials through our Interlibrary Loan Service.
If you were unable to return your items before closure, you can renew them online or simply hold on to them until the library re-opens. No overdue fines will be charged to patrons during the library closure.
Students can access our course reserves using their Campus Connect credentials for any course in which they are currently enrolled from our Course Reserves site.
We will continue to provide Course Reserves services to support online classes. Please submit all requests in the Course Reserves System. Note that we are experiencing an unusually high volume of course reserves requests and will process your requests as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience.
If you have any questions about course reserves, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If in doubt about a specific resource for your class, submit a request and library staff will do our best to find a way to access it for you.
Contact your library
liaison for additional options for support in your courses. They can help you identify digital materials for your research and teaching needs.
Information Literacy Instruction
Librarians are rescheduling all face-to-face instruction with Zoom sessions. In some cases, librarians are embedding in courses to offer one-on-one student support as well. To schedule a session or explore other options, contact your library
Librarians are currently in communication with faculty and staff in support of all WRD 104 classes. Embedded librarians will provide individualized feedback on a library assignment and students will be scheduled to attend a live Zoom instruction session.
Special Collections and Archives librarians are in contact with faculty who previously scheduled spring term SPCA instruction, and have offered a variety of options, depending on the nature of the resources to be used. Options include individual research consultations, embedding a librarian/archivist in the D2L course, and pre-recorded Zoom sessions on finding and using rare books and primary sources online, tailored to each course. Please contact
Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts for more information.
Contact your liaison if you want to create a
Course Guide with recommended resources for research in your class.
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
The library will continue to support digital interlibrary loan (ILL) services. Students, faculty and staff can submit ILL requests for book chapters, articles and any other electronic materials.
Ask a Librarian service will be available 7 days per week during our regularly scheduled
hours. During this time, students can chat live with a librarian for immediate service. They can also schedule 30+ minute research consultations via Zoom for in-depth support. More information
is available online.
Special Collections and Archives reference
service is available and will be monitored and answered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the standard hours for SPCA reference). Some questions may be deferred until staff have access to unique materials on-site.
Purchasing for library collections continues, although the focus is currently restricted to online options to support teaching and learning at DePaul.