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Library Resources and Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Visiting in person

A guide to library services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created March 13, 2020. Updated June 2, 2021

The University Libraries are OPEN

The University of St. Thomas libraries are open. 

  • Please see our hours page for details about hours at each location. 
  • Face coverings are required for those who are not vaccinated and encouraged for those who want to continue wearing one.
  • Most collections are open for browsing and materials may be checked out as normal. 
  • Printers are available for printing. 
  • Computers: Currently at the OSF Library, there are 6 computers available for student use on the first floor, 2 of which are reserved for printing only. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to bring your own device.

COVID safety precautions

We have made some changes to help protect everyone's health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please observe the following rules during your visit:

  1. Masks must be worn at all times in the library.
  2. Sit at the marked spots at tables.  This keeps people at least 6' apart
  3. Do not move furniture. 
  4. Use our sanitization stations to wipe down your spot before and after you use it
  5. Sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the library

Access to books and other materials

Most of our collections are open and you are welcome to browse our materials and check them out as normal.  Please place any books or other items that you use or look at on a cart so that we can process and reshelve them.  

Music and Media collections are not open for browsing.  Students, faculty, and staff may reserve items for pick-up. 


Reservable study rooms 

We have study rooms available at all libraries for you to reserve. Most rooms have an occupancy of 1 or 2 people.  

To use a study room, reserve the room in our online reservation system.  When it is time for your reservation, come to the circulation desk to check out the key to the room.

Face coverings are required in study rooms at all times even when alone. You must bring your own laptop to the study space as keyboards and mice have been removed. Please vacate your room at the end of your reservation to allow the room to be empty a full 30 minutes before the next reservation shows up. There is a limit of 2 hours per day.

Study Room Rules and Host Responsibilities:
  • The student who makes the reservation is the host. The host must keep a list of attendees in case there is a need for contact tracing and is responsible for enforcing the room usage rules.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, even if you are alone in the study room.
  • Usage of the room must adhere to the Common Good Occupancy capacity.
  • Follow room usage rules as posted.
  • Study rooms are intended for individual and small group use. Study rooms may not be used by student groups.
  • If Library staff witnesses violation of mask mandate or/and Common Good Occupancy capacity, the violation will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. The student who made the reservation will be contacted by the Dean of Student office. If found responsible for violating these policies, the host and guest may have these privileges revoked.

Please check the reservation grid to see what rooms are available.


Quiet vs. working study floors in OSF Library

We know that many students are looking for space to attend classes or do remote course work.  Working Study areas are for students who will be interacting with a class or classmates online. Please bring your own headphones or earbuds.

  • Spaces for online class participation: You are welcome to participate in your online classes in the library on the Lower Level, Sub Level and 1st floor.  You will need to use your own headphones/microphone, and keep your voice to a low level to avoid disturbing others.
  • Spaces for quiet study: The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are reserved for quiet study.  Please make sure you have headphones if you are listening to audio on your compute

Technology in the library:

ITS has removed shared computers on campus including the lab computers in the library.  We do have printing available and two computers to use to print documents.

We are not circulating headphones, cords, or lockers.

  • What this means to you: Bring your own device and headphones (if you’ll be listening to audio).  Consider setting up Follow Me printing so that you can print to any printer from your laptop.

Alumni and Guests:

Alumni and guests are welcome in the library and can use and check out materials if they have a card.  Because we do not have shared computers, we are unable to offer access to our electronic resources.

 

About the Libraries

OSF Library Photo

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library
651-962-5494 (Circulation)
651-962-5001 (Reference)
651-962-5400 (Hours)
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Directions & Parking
Library Hours

Keffer Library Photo

Charles J. Keffer Library
651-962-4642 (Circulation)
651-962-4664 (Reference)
651-962-4640 (Hours)
MOH 206, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions & Parking
Library Hours

Ireland Library Photo

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
651-962-5450
2260 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Directions & Parking
Library Hours

Law Library Photo

Schoenecker Law Library
651-962-4900
1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions & Parking
Library Hours