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Library Services: COVID-19 Response and Support

We're here to help!

The Library is available to help you transition to online teaching and learning!

We provide research help through online chat (24/7), phone, (651-793-1614), and email. Even when the building is closed, remote assistance is available:

  • Summer: Mondays-Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. AND 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
  • Building hours listed below.

The Library provides access to a large ebook collection and access to millions of ejournal articles, which you can access via the Library’s homepage at You can access these anytime off-campus. 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to download Zoom. It's free and a great way to communicate online. A good resource for learning about Zoom is LinkedIn Learning.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and cooperation as we work to support our community during this time.

Library building: Hours and access

Until further notice, the library building is open to students and employees ONLY. Use your university ID at the card readers at the ground floor and skyway entrances for access. Security personnel are on-hand to assist. If you do not have a university ID, go to the skyway entrance for an escort to the service desk to get one.

The Dayton's Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library remains closed and at least through September is providing appointment-based "workforce services and support to Saint Paul residents as they seek employment, build career skills, and navigate career transitions." See the following site for hours and more information:

Building hours (summer):‚Äč

  • Monday through Thursday: OPEN Noon–8 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays: OPEN 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • CLOSED Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.
  • Sundays: CLOSED

Additional information

Physical collections, interlibrary loan, and computer access:

You may continue to check out print materials at the Library's 2nd floor circulation desk during the hours listed above. Due dates for physical items have been extended to August 29, 2020. Libraries have resumed physical interlibrary loan services, but the University of Minnesota libraries are currently not lending items. Interlibrary loans for electronic items, like articles, continue to be available.

You may use computers on both the 1st and 2nd floors, but please practice social distancing. If you need computer assistance, please go to the second floor.

Community members and alumni:

You may access online library resources, e.g. ebooks, ejournals, research databases, and research assistance through your home public library's website or through


All library events are canceled until further notice.

Purchase requests:

The Library continues to order both print and ebooks, so please continue to submit your purchase requests. Print books and other physical materials are usually available 2-3 weeks after an order is placed.