The Libraries continue to provide many services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and instructors should check this page frequently for updates. Information will be added as it becomes available.
For more information regarding academic continuity visit the university’s Keep Teaching webpage. For the latest information regarding K-State’s response to COVID-19 visit the COVID-19 updates webpage.
Hale Library will be open to the public starting July 1. Initially, only the second floor will be open and patrons will need to enter the building by using the second floor loggia entrance. The second floor will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other locations will remain closed.
- Staff and patrons must wear a mask or facial covering
- Staff and patrons must adhere to six feet of social distancing
- Occupancy will be limited to the university’s mass gathering criteria
- Access to staff support at the Library and IT Help Desk
- Printers, 32 computers and study areas
- Course reserves
Other Safety Measures
The health and safety of our staff and patrons are of the utmost importance. In addition to the requirements listed above the Libraries will also implement these additional measures.
- Furniture and computer stations are spaced at least six feet apart.
- All returned library materials will undergo a 72 hour quarantine, including course reserves.
- Increased cleaning of all areas will be implemented.
- Patrons will be provided with cleaning materials to clean their computer station or study area before use.
- Some materials like staplers and dry erase markers have been removed. Patrons should bring their own dry erase markers.
Access to Research
Easy Book Pick-Up Service
Starting June 8, K-State Libraries will offer a book pick-up service at Hale Library.
Any items located at our offsite storage facility, the Annex, can be requested online through Search It and picked up at Hale Library. Patrons must be signed in to Search It to view the retrieval option. Once a patron requests an item online, they will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up their items.
Several resources are available online for research materials and can be accessed remotely. Some resources will require users to log in with their K-State E-ID and passwords.
HathiTrust has granted Temporary Emergency Access to their digitized items that correspond to K-State Libraries' book collection. The temporary access items are for reading online only. To take advantage of this enhanced service log in to their site with your K-State eID.
Interlibrary Loan will continue to process requests for articles and books chapters for electronic delivery, however, some requests may be delayed if the libraries that hold those items are closed. Requests for physical materials will not be processed.
Librarians and staff are available by email or chat to answer research questions or to provide help with using online resources. Chat services will be available Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general questions, use our Ask A Librarian service. To contact your subject librarian email them directly.
Research Guides are also available. These guides are divided by subject and can help you navigate the best ways to find articles and research related to your class. We have created a Teaching and Learning Guide to help instructors move their courses online, and provide information about all the many ways the Libraries can be a part of their instruction
Teaching and Instruction
Librarians will continue to provide teaching support by collaborating with instructors. We feel it is especially important during this time of change that instructors encourage their students to reach out to the Libraries for research help. The Libraries also offer online instruction modules. To learn more about these services visit our Library Instruction webpage.
Access to Textbooks
K-State Libraries can scan chapters from our textbook collection and request chapters from other libraries as well. Our ability to fill requests is heavily dependent on the operations of other libraries, many of which are also reducing their operations. To maximize your chance of success, please request only those portions of books that you need.
To place a request for a chapter of a textbook, use the Interlibrary Loan request form. We will work to get you a scanned copy either from our collection or another library.
You are welcome to return items to us at any of our book drops or by mailing the item to us. A list of book drop locations and our mailing address can be found on our Returning Library Materials page.
K-State Libraries' materials: If you have a K-State Libraries item that is due, but you are not able to return it to us prior to the due date, you should try to renew that item online by logging in to your account. If you cannot renew the item, please e-mail email@example.com so we can make accommodations.
Interlibrary Loans: If you have an Interlibrary Loan item that is due, but you are not able to return it to us prior to the due date, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make accommodations.