Library Changes in response to COVID-19
What's new at the library?
- If you need to get into contact with the librarian please reach her at [email protected] and she will reply as quickly as possible.
- You can still take out physical books from the library through the process of placing holds. You may pick up requested items on campus, or request to receive them through the mail. For more instructions check out the ‘How to Get a Hold’ Handout.
- Reference items and textbooks can not be checked out, but we will scan sections and email them to you. Notify us as to the title of the item, it’s call number, and the section you need and we will see that you get them.
- The library has a TON of online resources. Check out our Research Resources in the sidebar on the right, and our instruction handouts posted here. I suggest you pay extra attention to our e-books (and the instructions on how to use them) as well as ATLA, our online journal database.
This is an extremely difficult and unusual time, but the library still aims to support you in your courses here at ABC. Our hearts and prayers go out to our city and our world as everyone is affected. Stay safe.
Policies. They’re dry, boring, and tend to restrict your freedom. But they’re there for a reason. The Library tries to have as few of them as possible for your comfort, but there are a few that we think you should know.
The Library is a Quiet(ish) place
We LOVE getting to know all of our patrons, and that requires conversation, but asides from that, we try to keep the library a quiet space where students can study and concentrate in peace. Upstairs is the whisper zone, and up there should be absolutely silent (unless we’re showing someone how to find a book) and downstairs, while quiet and short conversations are okay (asking for help or saying hello) we ask that long or loud conversations are taken outside of the library to the student center.
For the same reason, we ask that cell phone conversations also be taken out of the library space.
But Some Drinks
No matter how careful you are, food has crumbs and oils and smells and those things can wreck books really easily (if not directly by attracting critters). We have a lot of old and rare books that we’d rather not have to get rid of, which is why we request that you don’t eat at all within the library.
Drinks are dangerous to… but we really don’t want to take that away if we don’t have to. Therefore, drinks in SEALED containers are allowed, like coffee travel mugs or water bottles. However, an open mug from the student center just won’t cut it, sorry.
Fines & Lost
We really don’t like taking your money, but… if a book is utterly lost or damaged beyond usability… we’re going to have to charge you. And sadly, because our books rarely are, the charges can be steep. So please, keep track of and take care of your books so we don’t have to have this problem!
We do also charge overdue fines, though those are a bit more flexible. Though they cost 50 cents per day, per item, we AREN’T going to charge you just because a librarian wasn’t in that day to check them in. ABC is in the business of grace, so if you have any questions about charges on your account, please come to talk to the librarian in person and we’ll see what we can do.