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Library Services Fall 2020

The library reopens at 8:00 am on August 24th to the students, faculty, and staff of Chowan University. When you drop by to visit and make use of our resources you will notice some changes. This email summarizes many of them. Visit our library website for more information and links to services. Let us know if you have questions or suggestions.

Library Entrance

  • A face covering is required whenever you are in the library.
  • You will find that entering the library has changed. Please follow the signs and floor markings.
  • You will EXIT just past the front desk area.
  • Entrance to the Library will be by HAWKSCard in the evenings.  You may need to use your HAWKSCard to gain entry to the building after 7 pm.

call 252-398-6212 for hours

Library Building

  • Library furniture has been rearranged to promote social distancing. We have approximately half as many seats available. Please do not move furniture, it has been carefully measured for your safety.
  • Service desks have plexiglass partitions and other social distancing measures.
  • Floor stickers will indicate where to stand while you wait for service or access to shared equipment.
  • Cleaning supplies are provided and we encourage you to engage in frequent cleaning when using common surfaces such as study tables, computers, and shared equipment, and to wash and sanitize your hands often.
  • If you encounter an individual who is not wearing a mask please kindly remind them that masks are required on campus and that they may acquire one at the Main floor service desk.
  • Study rooms and restrooms will be limited to 1 person
  • The library will not have spaces this year to support group study work.
  • Only one person will be permitted in a bookshelf aisle at a time.

The Library Stacks will be open for you to browse and retrieve your own materials.  Items may also be requested for pick-up.  Requests for materials for pick-up can be made through the library website  libguides.chowan.edu  using the instructions below. 

  • Your materials will be available for self-serve pickup near the library service desk on the next day.  
  • For those who prefer curbside pickup please use the procedure described below, and call the Library main telephone line 252-398-6212 to schedule pickup at the door of the building between 9 am - 4 pm, M-F.

Curbside pickup

We have lengthened student loan periods for library books to eight weeks. Other library materials including laptops, and other equipment have not had their loan period changed.

When books and DVDs are returned, they will be quarantined for a minimum of four days before being available to borrow again.

Attending Remote Classes from the Library

If you plan to attend a remote class from within the library, please note:

  •  On the basement floor of the library, you may only use the study rooms to attend remote classes.
  • You may use any seating area on the main and top floor to attend remote classes.
  • Be considerate of those studying near you:
    • Wear headphones
    • Speak softly
    • Do not let your power cord become a tripping hazard   

Shared office supplies such as staplers, headphones, white board markers and erasers, and scissors will not be provided to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 

Library spaces and equipment, study rooms (limited to capacity:1), Library Lab (limited to capacity:10) photocopiers, computers, paper cutters are available for use. 

Cleaning supplies are readily available throughout the Library and we encourage patrons to engage in frequent cleaning when using common surfaces, and to wash and sanitize their hands often.  

Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus    

The Library has compiled a page to help you connect to materials from off-campus.  https://libguides.chowan.edu/learn-library.  Research guides  are available to help you find online resources to support your work.  

The library is everywhere you are. We are ready to support students who are not attending classes on campus this fall and faculty teaching remotely.

Most of our collection is available online. Find books and articles using the Library Catalog or one of our databases.

If you're having problems finding information or want to improve your results, schedule an appointment with a librarian. We enjoy working with students on their research projects. 

For a quick bit of advice, use chat.google.com to find a specific librarian. 

To search the library off campus go to the library's a-z database list and find the database Article Finder. Click on that link and log in to the database with your chowan email and password.

Remote Services  

Our full schedule of library research support continues to be available remotely.  

Call the library at 252-398-6212

Email - library@chowan.edu 

Chat - chat.google.com to find a specific librarian

Schedule an appointment (for a call or Google Meet consultation)
https://chowan.libcal.com/appointments/book-a-librarian

Change

The library staff are regularly reviewing guidance around library management in a pandemic. We are also bound by guidelines issued by the University, Hertford County, and North Carolina. As new recommendations emerge, our practices may change.

Campus Visitors

To best protect our community, Whitaker Library will be open to Chowan students, faculty, and staff ONLY.  This is a difficult decision, but one we feel is necessary for overall safety.  Other members of the community with authorized borrowing privileges may contact the library at library@chowan.edu(link sends e-mail) or 252-398-6212 to schedule curbside pick-up of physical items (between 9am and 4pm, M-F) or to request scans of chapter pages sent by email. 

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