Libraries and Archives COVID-19 Response FAQ
Using the Libraries
Can I visit Clemens or Alcuin?
Clemens Library (CSB) and Alcuin Library & Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons (SJU) are open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, August 3 through August 28th. On August 31st we expand our hours and will post details when they are available. Each Library has an external book drop if you would like to return books, and we continue to provide contactless pick-up in the lobbies. A reminder that everyone on campus is required to wear masks.
What should I know about visiting the libraries?
Clemens Library (CSB) and Alcuin Library & Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons (SJU) are open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, August 3 through August 28th. On August 31st we expand our hours and will post details when they are available. For the month of August, only CSB/SJU faculty/staff/students and monastic members are allowed in the library. Each Library has an external book drop if you would like to return books, and we continue to provide contactless pick-up in the lobbies.
Everyone on campus is required to wear masks and we ask that all visitors observe social distancing.
Our common areas are disinfected nightly so we ask visitors to use provided supplies to sanitize anything they touch.
How can I use the Library remotely?
Off-campus access to the Library’s digital collection is available to all current CSB/SJU faculty, staff, and students. Start your research on the Libraries’ home page to make sure you are recognized as coming from CSB/SJU. Searching the Library through our catalog or from a specific database still remains the initial task for finding information. Our Research Guides can direct you to the best resources for starting a search.
How can I find an ebook?
Start your search for ebooks in the Library Catalog. On the Library home page, use the drop-down option under Search All to limit your results to ebooks. See our video or consult this research guide for more information about finding and using ebooks from our Libraries.
How can I get a physical book?
Start your search for ebooks in the Library Catalog. When you find a book noted as “available” under the Local Holdings Available section note the call number and come to the library during our open hours to checkout the item. For the month of August, only CSB/SJU faculty/staff/students and monastic members are allowed in the library. We encourage everyone to continue using the “ Place Hold” button to request items be pulled and put on a cart in the library’s lobby for contactless pick-up.
How can I get help with my research?
How can I find streaming video?
Start your search for streaming video in the Library Catalog. On the Library home page, use the drop-down option under Search All to limit your results to Video. Then select eVideo from the format options to the left of the results list. See our demonstration and research guide to streaming video to learn more about the services available through our libraries. Many videos of campus events are included in DigitalCommons @ CSB/SJU.
How do I report an access problem or difficulty using the library’s electronic resources?
Contact Collection Development Librarian David Wuolu if you encounter problems connecting to a library resource. Please note, off-campus access is available only to current CSB/SJU faculty, staff, and students.
Is Interlibrary Loan still available?
Interlibrary loan is still available for digital resources, including journal articles and book chapters/sections. (See our video demonstrating how to request a book chapter.) Unfortunately, we are no longer able to process loan requests for physical items. The ILL Office can provide advice on the availability of specific resources.
Teaching and Learning with the Libraries
Can I still arrange library instruction for my class?
Yes, Zoom conferencing will be an option for both class instruction and one-on-one research meetings with students. Asynchronous support is also available; we suggest assigning your liaison librarian a role on your Canvas page so that we can field questions or make recommendations to students there.
How can I find library tutorials for my students?
We have online tutorials, research guides, and lots of handouts and activities to help your students. Contact us about your learning objectives, and we’ll help identify online resources to meet your needs.
Can I still create assignments using instructional technology?
Maybe. Some assignments, like podcasts, are easy to complete with widely available technologies such as smartphones. Other assignments, such as 3D printing, will need to be reconsidered. Contact an Instructional Technology Specialist for advice.
How should I link library resources to make sure students can access them?
Faculty creating assignments for students should use this prefix http://ezproxy.csbsju.edu/login?url= before the web address of a library-licensed online resource. The ezproxy service authenticates users as associated with our institutions. See this page for more information, or contact us for assistance.
Can you help identify alternative resources for my teaching?
How do I request digital resources for my teaching or research?
Faculty may continue to make recommendations for new materials. If you have an urgent request for an ebook or other digital resource to support teaching online, contact Collection Development Librarian David Wuolu directly. In addition, some online resources are available free for a limited time from vendors offering expanded access.
How do I comply with copyright when sharing items online?
While faculty can be confident that linking to library resources is a safe way to observe copyright and licensing commitments, many items may be shared with students under Fair Use provisions of the copyright law. The University of Minnesota Libraries has a useful guide to copyright compliance when rapidly shifting a class online. Here is a summary of copyright guidance from copyright librarians at many institutions.
Library Loans and Collections
What if my items are due? Will I accrue any fees?
- The due dates for all checked-out materials were extended in the spring, including interlibrary loan and media equipment. Please access your account at https://csbsju.account.worldcat.org/account for your new due dates.
- All CSB/SJU Libraries materials are now due August 31 for undergraduate students and re-enrolled graduate students, June 15 for graduating seniors, May 4 for graduate students not re-enrolled, and June 1 for faculty/staff/monastic. Interlibrary loan items will be due June 15 unless otherwise noted in your account.
- All overdue fines assessed in the spring have been waived.
What if I need an extension on a current due date?
What if I am a graduating senior and I won’t be returning to campus to bring my items back before graduation?
How can I get access to a physical item from the libraries?
Please place a hold request and library staff will pull the requested items, and send you an email when it is ready to be picked up from the Library lobby. Please be patient as turnaround times will be longer than usual.
What about overdue fees?
The Libraries have waived overdue fees incurred in the spring. Contact us if you have questions about any overdue fees you may have.
Can I request scans of items in special collections?
Unfortunately, we cannot access special collections at either library at this time, including rare books, the Sacred Music Collections (Proulx, Larsen, Hays) and the Artists Book Collection. However, many items are available as digital surrogates, either through Vivarium, vHMML, or one of several primary resource databases.