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Irwin Library COVID-19 Update (9/3)

The following are updates on library services as the campus situation evolves.

  • Physical Location Changes:  Starting September 2nd, Irwin Library will begin a phased re-opening to undergraduate students. Access for all Butler users is via swipe card access (through the LSB Building connector doors as well, with hours returning to normal as dictated by university policy). Access is limited to Butler students, staff and faculty only. Access to the relocated IT Help Desk and the Center for Academic Technology during other hours is available by contacting their staff. The Science Library is now closed due to the science complex construction and renovations. Furniture in Irwin has been positioned or removed to maximize social distancing; we ask that users not move furniture for this reason. Mask wearing is required at all times while in the building. Wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in each quad section of the building.
  • Chat Hours: We are available on chat from 11:00 AM-10:00PM Sunday, 9:00AM-10:00PM Monday - Thursday, and 9:00AM-5:00PM Friday.  This current chat schedule will remain in effect for the duration of the online-only learning period.  You can also reach out to your liaison librarian via email;  librarians and their liaison departments are available here. 
  • Interlibrary Loan Changes: Traditional ILL and PALshare borrowing services have resumed, however, we cannot control the degree of re-opening and staffing at other libraries, so users should not expect fulfilment of requests for physical items to be as prompt as previously experienced. When an item is received, it will be quarantined for a limited time before you are notified it is ready for pick-up.
  • Item Return: With the exception of laptops or computer equipment, please return all library materials via the book drop located outside Irwin's main doors. This means fewer people in the building, and the ability for us to create a regular safe item handling workflow.
  • Color Printing: Because we are not currently handling cash, color printing is not available at Irwin. If you need to print in color, please contact Campus Impressions.
  • Food and Drink: Food is not currently permitted in the building. Beverages are allowed, as long as masks are worn between drinks.
  • Sound Booth and Lightboard Studio: The Sound Booth and Lightboard Studio are temporarily closed. 
  • Library Materials and Health & Safety: National library professional testing has determined that the coronavirus can persist on book or magazine pages for up to 6 days after handling. All returned items will be checked in and then quarantined for 6 days before shelving. Daily newspaper delivery has been canceled for the time being, and popular magazines have been moved from Irwin's first floor to the second. We still encourage the use of library materials, but ask all users to return to a re-shelving cart any item they do not check out. Re-shelving carts (and bins for magazines) will be positioned in all collections storage areas for this purpose, with signs posted in all collection areas reminding users of our request. If you only need a chapter or short entry from a book/magazine held at Irwin, also consider making an article/chapter request via the ILLiad interlibrary loan tool, and we will scan and send you a PDF.
  • Resource Requests:  We understand that there may be resources that you planned on using in class that students may no longer have access to, such as books on reserve or DVDs you planned on showing in class.  If you let us know what you need, we will investigate online availability. We can sometimes license videos for streaming or purchase eBooks at a multi-user level. Contact your liaison for assistance with this. Some publishers are still making material freely available and updating their policies for the current time, the link to the Google doc is continually updating as more publishers are making changes ( 
  • Linking to Resources:  Please put links in Canvas to any of our online resources you want students to use.  Many of our resources (EBSCO, ProQuest, Gale, etc.) have permalink options on the detailed result screen. Please use these whenever they are available.  Most of our resources will need the EZProxy prefix ( added to the beginning of the URLs so that students can access them off-campus, but the permalink (or “share”) functionality of these platforms may add it automatically.  If you're not sure whether a link you are using will work off-campus for your students, feel free to send it to your liaison librarian to check. Don’t forget you can link to Library LibGuides within Canvas as well; contact your librarian for LibGuide URLs.
  • Library training:  If there is any sort of training you or your students need on how to use or find resources, please let us know.  Librarians can create LibGuides or tutorials. Additionally, librarians are still available for research consultations virtually (via Zoom, chat, email, phone).
  • Add your Librarian as a Teaching Assistant in Canvas:  Librarians can be embedded into your Canvas sections by assigning them as a ‘Teacher’ or ‘Teaching Assistant’ in Canvas.  In this role, students can easily contact their librarians for the class within the Canvas environment, the librarian can link LibGuides to your course, and provide additional library research support to students by sending out announcements or setting up a discussion.  Directions on how to assign librarians to your course can be found at this Canvas FAQ
  • Experiencing Problems:  As we and many other institutions nation-wide transition to virtual classrooms, we expect to see more issues with the online resources.  Some of these problems may be ongoing problems that were just never noticed before and some issues may develop as our e-resource providers experience more server traffic than they have previously experienced.  If you notice a problem, it can be submitted using this form, or you may email directly into the ticketing queue here:  Submitting issues to the queue ensures that everyone with the skillset to address the issue is notified immediately and it makes sure that the access problem report doesn't get lost in anyone's email.