You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: Bell Library’s COVID Guide

You’ve made it to the 3rd week of Fall 2020, bravo!! I really mean it. Congratulations to you, whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff!!

Since March we’ve been living in a world that can simply be described as: 2020. That’s right! This year has been so crazy that if Godzilla popped up somewhere the phrase, “that’s 2020 for you” is an accurate remark. With our 2020 bingo cards to our monthly reaction memes, it has been a rollercoaster to say the least.

Despite the chaos, you – along with that masked Islander walking 6 feet away from you – are back on campus (mostly) and jumping into the Fall semester. Again, I say, congrats!!

As we embark on this semester, full of new approaches, I bet you have a few questions. Is the library open? What are the hours? Are group study rooms being checked out? What about white board markers? Can books still be checked out?

Fear not, the Bell Library has created a COVID guide that includes answers to these questions and more!!

Here are a few highlights:

  • Fall semester hours are:
    • Monday through Thursday: 8am – 11pm
    • Friday: 8am – 5pm
    • Saturday: 12pm – 6pm
    • Sunday 10am – 6pm.
  • At this time, the Library is only open to University students, staff, and faculty.
  • Call 361-825-2340 to request picking up your book(s) via curbside. Curbside hours are:
    • Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
    • Friday – Saturday 1pm – 5pm
    • Sunday 11am – 5pm
  • Online research support from the Ask Us Desk is available during the following times:
    • Mon-Thu 8:00am – 10:00pm
    • Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm
    • Sat Closed
    • Sun 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • The I-Create Lab will be open Monday through Friday from 8am- 5pm by reservation.
  • Special Collections and Archives will be by appointment only: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) of print materials continue to be suspended. Requests for E-Books and digital materials can still be made
  • Study rooms for 1 person will remain open and unlocked. They will be limited to one person at a time
  • Groups of 3 or more individuals will be asked to separate
  • Computer labs 1 and 2 will be closed to walk-ins
  • Not available right now: Calculators, whiteboard markers and erasers, headphones, board games

Again, these are just a few highlights. To learn more, visit the guide at:

Remember to be kind to yourself and others, Islanders. It’s been a crazy few months, but we’ll get through this!!

Stay Safe!!


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