What To Do With Library Your Library Books

With campus still closed, you might be asking what do I do with my library books? We, along with the rest of the University, are working on reopening plans. Phase one for the University begins on June 1 and consists of a gradual return to campus of UC researchers. Phase two begins on July 1 and consists of the return of some employees. Phase three begins on August 3 and consists of other employees. Phase four will coincide with the start of Fall semester on August 24. All planning and all processes are subject to change so be sure and check out the following resources for the most up-to-date information:

I am graduating but I still have library books checked out, what should I do?

If you graduated this semester and have library materials checked out to you, you should have received an email with a survey on which method (locker, mail, or special “curbside” arrangement) for returning books is the best option for you. If you fall within this category but did not receive an email, please let me know! If you selected special “curbside” arrangement, you should be hearing from us shortly.

I have a book that was due during the closure—do I need to return it now?

No. We are still being asked to stay off campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so library users are encouraged to keep library materials until it is safe to return them. Due dates for your books should have been extended. If not, please let me know!

How do I see what books I have checked out?

You can see what books you have checked out and when they are due by going to My Library Record.

Will I receive any fines for books that are due during this time?

Fines will not be incurred for UC, OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan items that became due during the campus closure.

When will I be able to check out books again?

We know that people are anxious to get back to researching and that journals are or will be doing cite checking. Currently most libraries are still not circulating books and this includes UC libraries. Stay tuned for more information on how you can once again start acquiring physical books because the current restrictions will be changing in the coming months. The reopening is still likely to be limited and library users may not be allowed inside library spaces, but you will be able to request and pick up library materials in some fashion. In the mean time here are some things you can do:

  • If there are e-copies of a resource available through one of our subscriptions, the e-copy should be used.
  • In order to make it easier once physical lending resumes, keep a record of the UCLID link or OhioLINK link, or WorldCat link to the item. That way you will be ready to request your books as soon as print collections start becoming available.
  • If you need reference assistance, we’re still working! Contact a librarian!

We hope that you all are staying safe during these uncertain times. We continue to be amazed by your resilience and determination. Even with masks and social distancing, we can’t wait to see you again!

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