Booth Library 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. View the library hours here.
All unvaccinated patrons are required to properly wear face masks and to follow proper social distancing guidelines.
Beginning July 23, the library is open:
|Monday-Friday|| 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
THESE HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Reduced hours are offered during holidays and breaks.
The library bookshelves are open to our patrons. However, those who would like assistance obtaining materials from our collection may contact the Circulation Department. Email email@example.com, 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 Library catalog.
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 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.
The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. Hand sanitizer and wipes are available throughout the building. All unvaccinated 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, unvaccinated patrons are required to properly wear masks while in the building. Patrons are encouraged to clean their work spaces when arriving and prior to leaving the library.
The Booth study rooms and meditation room on the fourth floor are open. In order to meet safety protocols, they have limited capacity. Rooms are available by reservation only (no walk-ins) and can be reserved for up to two hours. The same requirements apply for the meditation room.
Sanitizers have been placed in the rooms so that patrons can clean surfaces. There will be a break between reservations to allow for air filtration. Unvaccinated students are encouraged to wear masks while using these rooms.
Only current EIU students with a valid Panther Card may reserve a room. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. The link to reserve study rooms is https://eiu.libcal.com/reserve/studyrooms. The link to reserve the meditation room is https://eiu.libcal.com/space/92746.
During the summer, research help is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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 any of the Research, Engagement and Scholarship Librarians. For more information, call 581-6072 during business hours.
Requests for new books, DVDs or serials can be directed to the request email form.
|Must I wear a mask in the library?||If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, then you are no longer required to wear a mask inside or outside the building. If you are unvaccinated, then yes, in accordance with university guidelines, you must wear a mask 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. If you are unvaccinated, your face mask may be removed while eating or drinking but should be put back in place immediately.|
|How can I be safe in the library?||
If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask at all times except when eating/drinking, and practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from others. Do not move library furniture, as chairs have been properly distanced to meet safety protocols.
|How will my study table be cleaned?||
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Patrons are encouraged to clean their work spaces when arriving and prior to leaving the library. Sanitation wipes are provided.
|Are some areas of the library inaccessible?||Yes. The Faculty Reading Room is closed. The Center for Student Innovation will be closed from July 24-Aug. 23
|How can I get a book from the shelves?||
Patrons are welcome to browse our bookshelves and locate materials on their own. If you require assistance, please contact the Circulation staff via email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 will be posted to this page as they become available.
Week of August 1 - August 7
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: Closed Staff In-Service Day
Friday: 8am - 5pm