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Library Resources and Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak: University of St. Thomas Libraries

A guide to all of the many services and resources the library provides that are available online. Created March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Classes have moved online and so have the Libraries

We've gone online, but we're still here to help!

We are extending due dates and will not charge overdue fines. 

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We know there is a lot of disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the University's decision to move to online learning and to close the library buildings in order to help reduce the spread of the virus.  We want you to know that the University Libraries are here to support you and to continue to provide you with excellent resources and information services.  We have a robust set of resources and services that are available to the University community online, whether you're working from home, from your dorm room, or somewhere else.  This guide will point you to those collections, services, and resources.  While this guide was created in response to the University's move to online teaching due to COVID-19, these resources are available any time.

Due Dates for Checked out Materials

We understand that many people have books and other materials checked out and cannot return them.  Due dates have been extended, we do not charge overdue fines, and we have suspended billing for lost items until further notice.

Book drop returns

If you would like to return a book, you can do so at one of our book drops at O'Shaughnessy-Frey library.  There are two book drops you can use:

  • On the west wall between the library entrance stairs and the OEC.
  • On the south wall of the library on the side by the greenhouse.
  • Please do not return DVDs or other media materials in the book drops and these can be damaged.

If you are graduating and have library items which you can't return to the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library's book drops, please contact to discuss options for returning materials.

Ask a librarian online! text, chat, zoom, email

Connect with us!

Connect with a Librarian via Chat (purple box at bottom right) and Text (651-504-1324) 

  • Monday-Thursday 10am - 10pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 12pm - 4pm
  • During off-hours, you can still get chat reference help through AskMN, a cooperative service with other academic librarians.

Ask a Librarian and Email

Guide organization:

  • Materials and Collections online: Many of our materials are available online. Learn about the best ways to find and use them.
  • Print books and physical materials: More details on our print books and physical materials lending - we are unable to lend any print books or physical materials at this time.
  • Research help: All the different ways to get research help from our librarians when you can't come into the library
  • Library integrations for online courses: Ways that you can integrate library resources and instruction into your online course
  • Open Resources during COVID-19: Many of our vendors, publishers, and databases want to support our faculty and students when so many are unable to go to a library and are taking classes online.They've made some or all of their resources available for free.

COVID-19 information

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COVID-19 is the shortened name for the novel coronavirus disease that first appeared in late 2019.  It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.  The disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

For the links to reliable information on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Information Resources guide.