Library Services During COVID-19

Updated: September 20, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have made the following changes to library services.

Library Hours

During fall 2021, the library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. When Saturday classes are in session, the library is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


The library is open for students and employees. Community patrons may not use the library or borrow library materials at this time. See further details about available library services below.

Library Study Spaces

Most library study spaces are open for student use. Students may study at group or individual tables, in comfy chairs, or at computer stations. Please practice social distancing when studying in the library.


Study rooms may be reserved in advance or checked out on a walk-in basis if available.

“Zoom Room” for Attending Synchronous Online Classes

We know it can be hard to find a place to attend your Zoom classes. We are temporarily using our library classroom (upstairs in L3711) as a Zoom Room for students attending synchronous online classes.

Research Assistance (Reference Instruction)

Librarians are available in person at the Reference Desk Monday thru Friday. You can also get help from a librarian over the phone, by email, through chat, and by Zoom appointment. The chat service is available 24 hours a day. Normandale librarians answer chats when possible; all other chats are answered by other librarians in our chat co-operative.

Physical Library Materials (Books, Magazines, DVDs, etc.)

Library materials are not quarantined between uses. Studies show that the risk of getting COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces is low. As with any activity, washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask while handling library materials will lower this risk even more.

Books from the General Collection

The library bookshelves are open for browsing. You may get books from the shelves yourself and check them out at the Circulation Desk. If you prefer, you can request books be held for pickup at the Circulation Desk. You will need your Normandale ID to borrow from the Library. If you would like help choosing books to borrow, ask a librarian.

Course Reserve Items and Audiovisual Items (DVDs and CDs)*

You can borrow items on Course Reserve (including anatomy models), DVDs, and CDs, but these items cannot leave the library and cannot be held for you in advance. You can read Reserve books in the library and listen or watch DVDs and CDs at our listening/viewing stations. If you do not have headphones, ask for complimentary headphones at the Circulation Desk. To borrow any Course Reserve item, DVD, or CD, come to the library Circulation Desk with your Normandale ID, and library staff will check them out to you. You can find out the availability of specific books or magazines using Library Search or by calling the Library at (952) 358-8290. *Faculty exemption: Faculty can take DVDs out of the library to play in class.

Paper Magazines, Journals, and Calculators

You can borrow paper magazines, paper journals, and calculators, but these items cannot be held for you in advance. To borrow them, come to the library Circulation Desk with your Normandale ID, and library staff will check them out to you. You can find out the availability of specific books or magazines using Library Search or by calling the Library at (952) 358-8290.

Due Dates

Book due dates follow our standard loan periods. Borrowed materials may be returned to the library any time the campus is open. Please contact the library if you have questions about when your library materials are due.

Borrowing from Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Need something we don't have? We may be able to borrow it for you from another library. When possible, articles you request through Interlibrary Loan will be emailed to you at your Normandale email address. Books you request through Interlibrary Loan will be sent to the Normandale Library. We will notify you by email when a book you requested from another library is available for pickup at the library. Book requests may take longer to be available due to some libraries' shortened hours. See our Interlibrary Loan page for more information on how Interlibrary Loan works.

Library Course-Integrated Instruction

In fall 2021, librarians are available to teach online and in person. To schedule library instruction, and for all other instruction-related questions, faculty should email David Vrieze-Daniels. Librarians are available to teach day, evening, and weekend classes and can accommodate both synchronous and asynchronous instruction methods.