Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,


Below is information about library resources, assistance, and services for the upcoming fall.  The library will be closed to foot traffic, but we are expanding our services. As always, if you have a question that is not covered in the information below, please feel free to reach out to me at



  • Renovations: We are renovating the main floor of the library. This activity, along with the pandemic, affects our ability to be open in the usual way.  The front of the library will see an upgrade in terms of opening up the space.  We are adding more seating and the Learning Commons will be incorporated into the space.  You will not notice a difference in the library services we offer, but tutoring and peer mentoring will be coordinated through the Learning Commons, directed by Brian Cusato.


  • Hours:  Although the space is closed to foot traffic, there will be librarians and staff in the library from 8am-midnight, Monday-Thursday; from 8am-5pm on Friday; and from 4pm-midnight on Sunday.  Library services will be closed on Saturday. Staff is easily reached by emailing


  • Course Reserves: We will not be providing hard copy course reserves this fall.  We will digitize materials if needed.  We must follow copyright guidelines for digitizing materials.  Our usual rule of thumb is 10% of a book and we cannot digitize consumable materials (workbooks.) Contact us at with requests or questions.


  • Checking out Materials:  We are not open to foot traffic, but if you need materials from the collection, we will provide a pick-up service.  Once classes begin, we will be offering a pickup option.  You may use the HOLD function in our online catalog to choose your materials.  Materials on HOLD for pick-up will be available for three days and will be re-shelved if not picked up within the allotted timeframe.  Once you receive an email that your materials are ready for pick-up, they will be available at the pick-up table in the Crounse lobby, labeled with your name, until 11pm Sunday-Thursday, and 4pm on Friday.  Video outlining steps to place a HOLD on materials: 






  • Interlibrary Loan: Some libraries are not lending physical hard copy books yet.  Our Kentucky courier service will start up again in September.  This is subject to change, so we will be in contact as we have information on this service. You may still order journal articles via interlibrary loan.


  • Printing: ITS is installing printers in the basement of Crounse.  Cleaning supplies will be available in that space.  Please prioritize digital transmission for papers and class materials to follow health and safety best practices.


  • Digitizing and Copying:  Librarians will provide digital copies for you of book chapters and we will print off articles from our databases for you and place them on the pick-up table in the lobby.  To ask for these services, email



I wish you a healthy and calm start to the academic year.  Stay tuned for news on book clubs and virtual programming!  As always,  your librarians look forward to supporting you in every way we can.


My best,


Carrie Frey


Carrie Frey, MSLIS

Director of Library Services

Director of Creative Commons

Chairperson of KYVL Collections Work Group

Pronouns: she/her/hers





Dear Friends,


As you are getting your courses ready to go, your librarians are here to help.  Contact us at for the following services or for any assistance we can provide. We are here to help you and your students with finding and / or accessing materials.


  • We will offer asynchronous or zoom instruction for your classes.






  • Beginning Monday, we will begin ordering interlibrary loan materials again.  We are not loaning or borrowing hard copy materials, only electronic journal articles.  The libraries that we collaborate with are not loaning physical copies at this time as most of them are working remotely as well.


  • We are still ordering books, although these will not be processed until we return to campus.  Place your book orders as usual, using the BookIT ordering system online, until April 30, 2020.


Take care of yourself!