Oregon State University remains open and will continue to maintain essential university functions for education, research, Extension and outreach, and operations. Many offices, services and programs will be delivered remotely. Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, unrestricted public access to library spaces at the Valley Library (Corvallis campus) and the Guin Library (Hatfield Marine Science Center) will end. The libraries will not be open to the public nor to faculty, staff and students. Building access will be controlled to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. The limited access to OSU libraries will continue into the 2020 spring term for an indefinite period. OSU Libraries’ and university leaders will continue to monitor this evolving situation throughout spring term.  

During spring break and spring term, we will focus on digital services that support remote teaching and research activities. We also will focus on delivering materials to all OSU students, staff and faculty at all campus locations and for OSU users who are off-campus. For those requests that cannot be met via digital access or delivery, we encourage you to contact staff to make arrangements for pickup. Users can contact Valley Library staff through email, text, phone or chat to make arrangements. Guin Library users can make arrangements by contacting staff at hmsc.library@oregonstate.edu.

More details about these services are forthcoming. In preparation for these changes, OSU Libraries and Press has prepared a guide with more details about specific services, access to collections, and, most importantly, contact information at https://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/coronavirus. We update this site continuously, so please refer to it for the most current information about operations.  

We understand that our libraries are deeply valued by the OSU community and know that restricted access will affect users. However, in this situation, the health and safety of our library visitors and employees is our top priority. The decision to deliver services and programs remotely supports the social distancing practices that OSU and public health authorities recommend in public spaces. Existing digital services are robust, and, to the best of our ability, we remain committed to maintaining those services and adding others as soon as possible to support remote teaching, learning and work. 

OSU Libraries has built strong collections to support research and teaching. We will do our best to continue to obtain materials and provide access for the campus community. However, like other research libraries across North America, we are dependent on a strong network of partners to facilitate resource sharing and interlibrary loans for materials that we do not own. As COVID-19-related closures continue, we anticipate challenges to our regular systems for sharing materials. Borrowing physical items from Summit Libraries is no longer available as of March 20, 2020. We also expect delays when purchasing materials as information providers, publishers, vendors, and suppliers are affected. During this period, we are extending due dates for materials and forgoing fines. If you can keep the materials that you currently have until normal operations resume, we prefer you do so. Library materials currently on hold will be mailed to users.

Though OSU Libraries expects to follow this schedule throughout spring term, we acknowledge that our hours of operation and levels of service may change. Please contact me for concerns related to hours, access and service. I also encourage you to use the guide and our website to identify the best contact for specific services.

Faye A. Chadwell, the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian






Posted - March 20, 2020