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Library Services Provision During Coronavirus Emergency: Home

The Library/Learning Commons will continue to provide services remotely to the extent practicable

Continuing services include:  

  • Professional research assistance for studentsfaculty, and staff 

  • Information literacy instruction 

  • Access to online scholarly databases, documents and ebooks 

Services that are not fully operational include: 

  • Interlibrary loan services, because most libraries have shut down their lending  

  • Access to print and DVD materials in the Library’s collections will be quite limited, as detailed below 

  • Access to streaming video not already in our collection may be limited due to cost 

Our librarians are fully committed to creative problem solving for faculty and students seeking to gain access to resources they need.  Our excellent librarians can often suggest alternative information sources and research materials to replace those that have become inaccessible.  We encourage faculty and students encountering issues to contact us via email, phone, text and chat, as detailed below.    

Details on Delivery of Ongoing Services 

Reference and Research Assistance 

Professional research librarians will continue to be available for consultation by students, faculty and staff daily, including ample weekend hours and until 10 pm most evenings

Reference services will be available during posted hours via text message, chat or email In addition, any Emmanuel community member can make an appointment for a research consultation via video/audio conference. 

Our excellent self-service research guides on dozens of subjects remain available, 24/7.

Information Literacy Instruction 

We will continue to make information literacy instruction available by faculty request.  We can provide live virtual sessions or pre-recorded instruction, as appropriate. 


Returns of Checked Out Materials and Interlibrary Loans

Do you still have a book checked out and you're not sure what to do with it now? 

  • If you are returning for the fall semester:
    Please email for a renewal date and then hold on to your books! You can return them in the fall when you get back.
  • If you are NOT returning in the upcoming fall semester (e.g. graduating senior):
    Use the following form if you plan on mailing back your books for a free shipping label, OR email to let us know you dropped them off in the book drop!

Please do not mail interlibrary loan materials back to the original library, because we will have no way of verifying that the material was returned. 


Access to Print Materials 

The Learning Commons makes available thousands of scholarly journal articles, ebooks, video and documents anywhere/anytime via our website. However, there are still important research materials that are only available in print. Unfortunately, in order to protect the health and safety of staff, until further notice we are no longer able to retrieve physical items from the Library. When circumstances allow, we will restart this service. In the meantime, we will still consider purchase of print items not currently in our collection. If you have any questions please contact Alexa Williams, Assessment and Special Projects Librarian (, with questions.

Virtually all interlibrary loan services are curren
tly unavailable, making it more difficult to provide access to materials not in the Library’s collections. To this end, for print or other materials that are not available in our collection, we will continue to accept requests for purchases using using our Request a Book for the Library Collection form or contact Anne Hancock with questions.  In certain circumstances, we may arrange for the purchased item to be mailed directly to the user. In such cases, the user will be responsible for reimbursing the Library for the cost of the item if it is not returned promptly (in person or by mail) after the Library reopens.  


Streaming Video Services 

For faculty who need access to video content for their courses, we will work with you to identify, obtain and make available appropriate materials.  Please contact Anne Hancock,, for assistance.  

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