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COVID-19 SU Libraries Updates and Resources: FAQ

Updated 1/27/2021

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if my stuff is due while we are gone?

You can renew items in several ways:

For specific questions, please contact Amy Jones at or Natasha Finnegan at

2. Fines

If you already had overdue fines before SU switched to online learning, you can pay those fines when you return to campus.  We are waiving fines incurred starting with the campus closing March 12, 2020. For those of you who have borrowed items from other libraries in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), the libraries have agreed to waive fines temporarily for borrowers from our member institutions.  Please contact the library directly for more information about their current policies. For additional questions, please contact Amy Jones at

3. Are items still on Course Reserve?

During the 2021 spring semester, the physical copies of print books and DVDs on course reserve are not available to borrow.  Some faculty have removed items to copy themselves and put in MyClasses, and we are accepting requests from faculty to scan other reserve items to put in MyClasses. We also will be making digital copies of some textbooks and print materials available to view online through the online course reserve system.  Under each listing, click on Check Out Digital Copy to see if the item is available to view online.  Digital copies can be viewed for 2 hours at a time and may be renewed if no one else has requested to view them.  If the item needed has not yet been made available online, you can complete the request form, and we will scan the item to make it available.  If the resources you need are unavailable online, please contact your professor.

4. What if I want books but don't live near SU?

Since most libraries are physically closed, your best bet is to try to find an ebook.  Start your search on the library home page in the search box. That gives you access to JSTOR's large collection of e-books as well as to individual titles that the SU Libraries own.