COVID-19 – Library Services & Resources

October 14, 2020 – Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Update

At this time, it is difficult to get books through interlibrary loan. Many libraries are closed and staff are working remotely. They are unable to ship books to us. Be prepared to wait 2 weeks or more for books to arrive. Generally, Interlibrary Loan books cannot be mailed to off-campus addresses. Email to see if there are alternative formats for your material. 

August 25, 2020 – Covid Proxy Form for Quarantined Students

Students who are quarantined due to infection with or exposure to COVID-19 may check out physical library materials by designating proxies who are authorized to check out items for them. Simply fill out this digital form to choose your proxies, and they will be able to retrieve items from the library and bring them to you.

August 21, 2020 – Revised Library Hours

Due to COVID-19 accommodation and adjustment staffing shortages, the library building hours will be reduced starting Monday, August 24, 2020:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

The 24/7 computer lab with printer on the north side, ground floor level of the library is available to students using the card-swipe entrance from the Nemec Courtyard.

Our Ask-a-Librarian service hours are not affected by this change and librarians are available to assist you remotely:

Innovation Lab Limitations

The Innovation Lab has a small footprint with condensed space for both equipment and seating. We have set a maximum occupancy of 6 persons.

With reduced capacity, we have marked zones that indicate a safe distance setting apart our workstations. Only one person per zone. A sign on the Innovation Lab entrance provides more detail and shows the spread of these zones throughout the Innovation Lab.

No tours or small groups will be allowed as the space does not lend to proper spacing guidelines.

At times the Innovation Lab may close if lab technicians are not present. Please contact Tony Ganus (, Innovation Lab Manager, if you have any questions.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Ask A Librarian Information & Research Assistance: email or fill out this form to get started. Request a Research Consultation.

Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 2 pm – 8 pm

Request Physical Items: Locate the item in OneSearch and use the Request Item – Place Hold button. (OneSearch Tab)

Items will be sent to your campus mailbox or home address.

Request Equipment Checkout – pick-up by appointment only: or

Interlibrary Loan Questions:

Please note: As other libraries across the country curtail services, it is becoming increasingly difficult to borrow physical materials (e.g., books and scores). While you may still request these materials, expect to have long waits or unfilled requests. Feel free to email to see if there are alternative formats for your material.

Archives and Special Collections Inquiries:

The 24/7 Computer Lab (Room 15 L) on the Library Ground Floor is Open:
Use card swipe to enter.

The Writing Center: Offering online writing support

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.