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Library Response to COVID-19

Booth Library currently has adjusted services and access to 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 is open to EIU students, faculty and staff only from noon-midnight Sundays; 8 a.m.-midnight Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. All patrons are required to wear face masks and to follow proper social distancing guidelines. Access to the bookshelves is prohibited. Please speak to a staff member to obtain materials from the library's shelves.

Please know that we are providing library access so that those patrons who need computer access and library materials can obtain them. For general safety, however, it is important to limit the number of patrons in our building at any time. For this reason, our building is limited to EIU students, faculty and staff only. Members of the general community are asked to call or email to request a pickup of needed materials. Community members and their families are asked to refrain from entering the library building at this time. 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 is open to EIU students, faculty and staff only:

  Sunday      noon-midnight
  Monday-Thursday      8 a.m.-midnight 
  Friday      8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  Saturday      9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

THESE HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Accessing library materials:

Curbside pickup and on-campus faculty delivery available: Curbside pickup and campus faculty delivery are available. These options are available for any item that would normally be checked out from our Circulation Desk.

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, call 217-581-6071 during open hours or fill out the online request form, https://www.eiu.edu/booth/requests/retrieval.html. Patrons may also request the retrieval of Booth-owned items by using the request option in the Booth catalog, Primo.

Need a book we don’t have? Booth Library can help! Books from other Illinois libraries can be requested using the library catalog (https://i-share-eiu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01CARLI_EIU:CARLI_EIU&lang=en). Other books can be requested through Booth Library’s interlibrary loan service.  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.

 

Sanitation and safety:

The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. Library staff routinely sanitize 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 Illinois Department of Public Health. In accordance with university guidelines, patrons are required to wear masks while in the building. Patrons are encouraged to clean their work spaces when arriving and prior to leaving the library. Please ask at the nearest public service desk, and sanitation wipes will be provided.

 

Research help:

Research help is available from 9 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

Virtual help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Booth librarians will provide research help by appointment and virtually through email, chat and videoconferencing.

 

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 581-6072 during business hours.

 

FAQs

General guidelines

  Who is allowed in the library?

For general safety, it is important to limit the number of patrons in our building at any time. For this reason, our building is limited to EIU students, faculty and staff only. Members of the general community are asked to call or email to request a pickup of needed materials. Email bthcirc@eiu.edu or call 217-581-6071 during open hours.

  Must I wear a mask in the library?  Yes, in accordance with university guidelines, a mask must be worn while in the library.
  Can I eat/drink in the library?  Yes. You are welcome to eat and drink at your designated work space. No food or drink is allowed in the computer labs due to additional safety precautions. Your face mask may be removed while eating or drinking but should be put back in place immediately.

 

Safety

  How can I be safe in the library? 

Wear a mask at all times except when eating/drinking. Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from others. Do not move library furniture, as chairs have been distributed to meet safety protocols.

  How will my study table be cleaned? 

Library staff routinely sanitizes public work spaces, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Patrons are encouraged to clean their work spaces when arriving and prior to leaving the library. Please ask at the nearest public service desk, and sanitation wipes will be provided.

  Are checked-out materials safe to handle? 

Yes. Library materials are quarantined for four days (96 hours) before being available for checkout to other patrons.

  Are some areas of the library inaccessible? 

Yes. The group study rooms, music rooms and meditation room on the fourth floor are closed. The study areas on the first and second floors north are closed. All library bookshelves are inaccessible. The Faculty Reading Room is closed. The Center for Student Innovation is currently closed. The West Reading Room (northwest corner of the main/third floor) and southwest corner of the first floor will be restricted for use as temporary classrooms during daytime hours.

 

Access to materials

  How can I get a book from the shelves?

Access to the bookshelves is prohibited. Please contact the Circulation staff to request materials from library shelves. Email bthcirc@eiu.edu or call 217-581-6071 during open hours.

  How do I return materials to the library?

A dropbox is located outside the library on the west wall of the southwest corner of the building. In addition, materials can be left in the dropbox near the Library Technology desk on the fourth floor and at the Circulation desk on the south end of the main floor.

Updates and additional information:

Updates will be posted to this page as they become available.

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Charleston, IL 61920
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Week of September 27 - October 3
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Monday: 8am - 12am
Tuesday: 8am - 12am
Wednesday: 8am - 12am
Thursday: 8am - 12am
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm


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