Library Services During COVID-19

Updated: November 2, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have made the following changes to library services for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester.

Library Hours

This fall, the library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The library is open only to allow students access to computers and printers and for students and employees to pick up books. 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

All library study areas, including group study rooms, are closed until further notice. There are a limited number of computers available in the library for student use. Printers are available as well.

Research Assistance (Reference Instruction)

We're still here to help you!
You can get help from a librarian over the phone, by email, and through chat. 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.)

Books from the General Collection

You can borrow library books by request and pick them up at the library Circulation Desk using your Normandale ID. Follow these instructions to request a book (PDF) be held for pickup. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, you cannot browse the bookshelves. If you would like help choosing books to borrow, ask a librarian.

Books on Course Reserve, Magazines, Journals, and Calculators

You can borrow books on course reserve, paper magazines and paper journals, 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.

DVDs, CDs, and 3D (Anatomy) Models

DVDs, CDs, and anatomy models cannot be borrowed (with the exception that faculty may borrow DVDs). However, the library has a large collection of online resources available, including streaming videos, ebooks, articles, etc., and we continually add to this collection. If you would like assistance finding online sources, ask a librarian.

Quarantine of Returned Items

As a precaution, we quarantine returned items for 7 days before checking them in and lending them to others. This means that items you return to the library will remain on your library account for one week after you return them. Recent lab experiments show that the coronavirus can remain on some library materials for at least 6 days. Please consider this information when sharing library items with people outside your household.

Due Dates

At the start of the pandemic, we extended the due dates for materials borrowed during the Spring 2020 semester. These materials are now due. Books due dates now 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)

Books from Other Libraries

We do not borrow books or other physical items from other libraries at this time.

Articles from Other Libraries

Requests for articles (and any other requests) that can be delivered via email will be filled.

Library Course-Integrated Instruction

Librarians continue to teach online during the pandemic. To schedule library instruction, and for all other instruction-related questions, faculty should email David Vrieze-Daniels. We continue to be available for evening and weekend classes and can accommodate both synchronous and asynchronous instruction methods.