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Library Response to Covid-19

Booth Library currently has adjusted hours, services, and resources due to the University’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a fluid and constantly changing situation. Any updates to library hours, services, and resources will be added to this page.

Booth Library will be open to EIU students, faculty and staff only, with VERY LIMITED access, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Access to the library will be limited to the SOUTH ENTRANCE only (near the clock tower). Only the fourth floor, including computer labs, will be accessible to patrons. All patrons are required to wear face masks and to follow proper social distancing guidelines.

Please know that we are providing library access so that those patrons who need computer access and library materials can obtain them during this time of online-only classes. For general safety, however, it is important to limit the number of patrons in our building at any time. If you don’t NEED to be at the library, please stay home. This is for your safety and the safety of our staff members. Thank you for your understanding!

If possible, please conduct library business online, by phone or email:

email: library@eiu.edu
website: library.eiu.edu
Administration Office: 217-581-6061
Circulation Desk: 217-581-6071
   

Library hours:

Booth Library will be open to EIU students, faculty and staff only, with VERY LIMITED access, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Access to the library will be limited to the SOUTH ENTRANCE only (near the clock tower). Only the fourth floor, including computer labs, will be accessible to patrons. The library will be closed on weekends. THESE HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Checked-out materials:

If you have our materials, just keep them until it’s safe to return them. We will work with you to change the due date.

Accessing library materials:

Need some of our books or materials? Those who need materials from the Booth Library shelves should contact the Circulation Department for assistance. All bookshelves are inaccessible to patrons. Email bthcirc@eiu.edu or call 217-581-6071 during open hours.

Need a book we don’t have? Booth Library can help! We request books from libraries everywhere through an exclusive interlibrary loan service with USPS delivery. Turnaround time might take a couple of extra days, but we can get it done. https://www.library.eiu.edu/ill/

Need an article? Booth Library can get an article for you pretty darn fast. Try us out and request it here https://www.library.eiu.edu/ill/

Electronic resources: All of Booth Library’s electronic resources, including the library catalog, more than 100 research databases, and our online reference resources, are accessible to off-campus users for online learning and research.  Subscription resources will require an EIU NetID and password. In addition, many vendors have made selected e-resources freely available for a limited time during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage students, faculty and staff to make use of these resources during the availability period. Please note that access policies for these sites may change; this list will be updated. See Library Resources for Online Learning, URL: https://library.eiu.edu/news/library-resources-online-learning/.

Sanitation and safety:

The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. Library staff routinely sanitizes public work spaces, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Our computer labs have been adjusted to allow for social distancing, with only every other computer available for use. All library patrons are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and leave at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others, as recommended by the Centers of Disease Control.

Research help:

Booth librarians remain available by:
Email
By chat through Ask a Librarian on the library’s website
Calling 217-581-7542

Faculty help:

Our librarians are here for you! If you need additional resources for distance learning or would like library resources and information added to your classes in D2L, contact the librarian who is responsible for your subject area. The list of librarians is available here. For more information, call Steve Brantley, head of Research, Engagement and Scholarship, at 217-581-7542.

Updates and additional information

Updates will be posted to this page and on social media as they become available.

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Contact Information

Booth Library

600 Lincoln Avenue,
Charleston, IL 61920
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Hours for This Week

Week of August 2 - August 8
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: Closed


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