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COVID-19 SU Libraries Updates and Resources: Services

Updated 5/27/2020

Changes to Library Services

The Guerrieri Academic Commons is open to Salisbury University students, faculty, and staff only.

SU patrons should swipe your Gull Card to enter the building during all open hours.  

Accessing Library Resources:
In the fall semester, the Library Service Desk will be open for SU patrons to borrow library materials, but many services, policies, and procedures will be different in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will offer both in-person and contactless options for borrowing library materials.  For in-person service, please be sure to bring your Gull Card.

  • In-person:  We will offer a self-checkout option for borrowing books at the Library Service Desk, and our staff will be happy to help you in checking out laptops and other equipment.

  • Contactless:  

    • Our curbside pickup service will continue for many library materials (most books and DVDs).  You can request items through the online catalog on the library homepage, and pick them up outside the GAC without any in-person contact.  For more information on using this service, please visit our Curbside Pickup page.

    • Students and faculty who need an article or book chapter in the SU Libraries collection can place a request to have these items scanned and uploaded to your Interlibrary Loan account.  Please note:  if you are requesting access to a book chapter in our collection, please provide the page numbers and/or chapter titles you need in the Notes field on the request form.

  • Find the item using the search box on the SU Libraries home page.

  • Click on the item title in the results list, and then click on the Find It link under Check Availability.

  • In the new window that opens, click on Request it from Interlibrary Loan.  

  • If you have not created an Interlibrary Loan account, you will be prompted to do so, and then the request form will be filled in with the item information. 

  • We must limit requests to 2 requests and 30 pages per day. We ask for your patience and understanding as it may take longer than normal to process requests.

Due Dates and Returns:
To give patrons flexibility in returning items, the due date has been changed to September 30, 2020 for all items that were already on loan (and not declared lost) when the library closed in March. We are offering the following options to deal with books you have on loan now:

  • Return them in person to one of the following book return bins:

    • near the Library Service Desk

    • outside the GAC, near the entrance facing Perdue and Henson Hall

    • outside the GAC, near the entrance facing the Rt. 13 parking lot

  • Mail the books to us at the following address:

Salisbury University Libraries
Guerrieri Academic Commons
1101 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801 

To minimize staff contact with materials, there may be a delay before returned items are scanned in the computer system.  If you have any questions about due dates or overdue fines, please feel free to email Amy Jones at amjones@salisbury.edu or Natasha Finnegan at nefinnegan@salisbury.edu

 

Accessing Your Library Accounts

Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries

Items from other University System of Maryland (USM) Libraries:

At this time, many USM libraries remain closed, and SU patrons are not able to request materials from them.  We will provide updated information here if the situation changes. 

Interlibrary Loan items from libraries outside the University System of Maryland:

As staffing permits (at SU and lending libraries), we will continue to offer limited Interlibrary Loan services for electronic materials only (articles and book chapter requests).  We are not be able to process book requests at this time.

Please note:  Due to the uncertainty of the situation, many libraries across the country may be closed or short-staffed.  This will negatively affect our ability to fulfill article and book chapter requests on your behalf.  Requests may take extra time to be filled, or they may not be filled at all.  We urge everyone to look for open access and open educational resources available online.

Thank you for patience and understanding.  If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Natasha Finnegan at nefinnegan@salisbury.edu or Amy Jones at amjones@salisbury.edu.

Course Reserves

In the 2020 fall semester, print items will not be available for students to borrow at the Library Service Desk.  Digital copies of the most frequently used course reserve materials will be available to "check out" online through the library's Course Reserve page.  We encourage faculty to move course materials online to your MyClasses pages.  Library staff may be able to assist you in scanning a limited amount of material to make available online for your students.  If students need access to only a few chapters of a book on course reserve, please complete this Google form to tell us the chapters you need scanned.  If your students will be required to use an entire book on course reserve, please contact one of us listed below, and we can discuss additional options for making this available online.  

Amy Jones, Head of Circulation  
amjones@salisbury.edu 
Cassy Lewis, Course Reserves Assistant
cklewis@salisbury.edu

 

Databases

E-Book Search

A Note About JSTOR eBooks

In the event that you find a book in JSTOR that looks like we have access, but when you actually click on the JSTOR link it says we don't, do not despair! In most cases, those books can be purchased quickly.

Email Martha Zimmerman with a screenshot of the book you want to access.


Taylor and Francis eBooks

SU Libraries also has a collection of books from Taylor and Francis. Those books cannot be searched for via the catalog search box above. Instead, search the Taylor and Francis database below directly. 

Devices and Equipment

In the 2020 fall semester, we will have a limited selection of equipment and devices available to borrow at the Library Service Desk:

  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • DVD players
  • Calculators
  • HDMI adapters
  • Umbrellas

Students who are concerned about their ability to participate in remote learning can email onlinereadiness@salisbury.edu to inquire about technology assistance.

Students who already have laptops or iPads checked out can contact us to make arrangements for extended loan periods to accommodate your academic needs.  Keep in mind, however, that library laptops generally cannot connect to the internet off-campus. Contact Amy Jones at amjones@salisbury.edu or Natasha Finnegan at nefinnegan@salisbury.edu to ask questions or make arrangements for a longer loan period.

Library Guides

Research Help

Using Libraries Near You

Many libraries in the University System of Maryland remain closed at this time.  Many public libraries are also closed to the public.  Please check back here for further updates about libraries reopening to visitors.