COVID-19 – Library Services & Resources

August 4, 2020 – Library hours

The library building will be open with Stetson ID card-swipe starting Monday, August 10th, 8:00 am, with a limited 25 person occupancy. All library users will check in with a library greeter who will track occupancy.  The occupancy limit will increase to 50 people on Thursday, August 13th

Fall 2020 Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Should occupancy limits be reached, additional library users will be admitted for short-term tasks such as an appointment with a librarian or staff member; to pick up material or equipment; or to checkout and read a course reserve. Student assistant greeters will provide students with suggestions for alternative study spaces.

Appropriate face coverings must be worn inside the library building, and furniture, which has been placed to ensure safe physical distancing, should not be moved.

Read the full announcement.

June 23, 2020 – Course Reserves for Fall 2020

Paper physical course reserves are particularly problematic in the age of COVID-19. Course reserves create high demand for a single item in a short time frame and paper material must be quarantined for 72 hours between uses.  (The 72 hour quarantine is based on recently-published results of a study of the life of the novel coronavirus specifically on different types of library materials.)  Physical material (anything paper) placed on reserve for fall semester will be quarantined for the required time. DVDs may be placed on reserve as usual because they can be disinfected immediately.

The library will provide course reserves in the fall following the process described below. Please note that access to paper items will be more limited with the 72 hour quarantine period, so plan reading assignments accordingly.

  • Continue to use the Faculty Reserves Submission Form to submit Course Reserves.
  • Dani Pleines ( who coordinates course reserves, will work with faculty and librarians to locate eBooks to replace physical copies. This includes identifying items available online for free.
  • Items not available online may be placed on course reserve.
  • The library will circulate Course Reserves items for either 2 hours or for 1 day (determined by the professor) and quarantine books and other paper-based items for 72 hours upon return. Students will not have any access to items during the 72 hour quarantine.
  • To increase availability, we encourage professors to put 2 copies of paper-based item on reserve. Because the library does not typically purchase multiple copies of books, professors may need to place a personal copy on reserve to supplement the library’s copy. 
  • We encourage professors to scan the first reading that students will need (one chapter, maximum) and make it available in Blackboard. Based on analysis of circulation data for course reserves, many student appear to use reserves while waiting for their personal copy to arrive in the mail or at the bookstore. 

We appreciate your flexibility as we work with you to provide excellent library services within existing health and safety limitations.

June 15, 2020 – Chat Service

This summer, chat with a librarian to get help with research. Click the chat icon in the lower right corner  to get started.  

Chat Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 2 pm to 8 pm

You can still  get research help by emailing or filling out this form or requesting a Research Consultation.

April 28, 2020 – Reminder: Return Library Materials

Students living on or near campus: Please return all library books and DVDs in the book drop on the library’s front porch by May 11. Make an appointment to return equipment — email to choose a date and time.

Students not living on campus: See Guide for Returning Items to duPont-Ball Library for detailed information. Please plan to send items back by Aug. 1, 2020. Items not returned by Aug. 1 will move to a long overdue/billed status. If you are unable to return your items to the library by Aug. 1, you must contact and we will work with you based on your situation.

Interlibrary loan materials (ILL materials), regardless of the due date, are due by May 11. Return ILL materials in the book drop on the library’s front porch. If you are unable to return items in the book drop, complete this form to tell us how you plan to return items or contact to make other arrangements.

If you have other questions, check our FAQ section of the Return and Renewal Guide.

Free Online Resources

Staff at the duPont-Ball Library have compiled links to free library resources made available during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Many of our publisher and vendor partners have opened their electronic collections to students and faculty during this time. See our Free Resources Guide.

April 3, 2020 Update

In response to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order, the duPont-Ball Library has adjusted our services to include the following:

We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to provide academic support while protecting the health and safety of all members of the Stetson community.