Covid-19 Library Service Changes

Merrill-Cazier Library is open, but some areas are closed and services have been changed to promote public safety. Learn about how to access collections and get research help and library instruction support online. Please check this page often for updates on library services.

Facility Status and Reservations

Many public spaces in the library are temporarily closed or have new procedures in place to limit the spread of disease. Please consult the table below for the current status and alternative access options for key areas.

See library locations for the status of other campus and regional libraries.

Please Note: A mask or face covering is required for visitors to library facilities per USU and state of Utah directives. Disposable face masks are available on request. To ensure that face coverings are effective, food and drink are not permitted in the building at this time.
Area Status Service Changes/Alternatives
Computer Labs
(1st Floor Information Commons)
Open Lab employees have increased daily cleaning procedures. Students should observe lab guidelines to prevent the spread of illness.
Study Rooms (Floors 1-4) Open Room capacity has been reduced. Cleaning supplies will be available in each room. Deep cleaning will occur at the end of each day.
General Print Collections Open Patrons are encouraged to use self-checkout stations on 1st floor. Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours.
Library Media Collections, Veterinary Medicine Books Space Closed;
Materials Available
on Request
Items can be requested using an online form. See Getting Access to Collections
Course Reserves Space Closed;
Materials Not Available
Due to frequent use and need to quarantine, course reserve materials cannot be checked out at this time. For digital alternatives, see Borrowing and Other Services.
Special Collections, Secure Area government documents, Art Books Room Available by Appointment See Getting Access to Collections
Infant Care and Lactation Room Available Room is locked, please inquire at circulation desk to use.
VR Lab, One Button Studio Closed  
Family Room Closed  

Please see Hours and Service Desks for addition service point closures.

Reservable Spaces

  • Lockers are still being rented out for fall semester.
  • Room 154 is available for group reservation (faculty and staff only), but will be limited to 18 attendees in order to maintain social distancing. Use to make a reservation.
  • Rooms 101 and 208, and the foyer area and table are not available for reservations.

Safety Guidelines

Students and other library visitors should follow USU's recommendations for social distancing and disease prevention within library facilities.

In addition, visitors to library facilities are required to adhere to the following:

  • Face coverings are required for all visitors and staff in public areas, per USU Policy 20.T3.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the building at this time.
  • Clean the library spaces you use. Cleaning supplies are available in all study rooms and library work spaces.

Library Procedures

To support the safe use of library materials, we have developed procedures to ensure library books, media, and circulating technology are properly sanitized and quarantined based on recommendations from the CDCAmerican Library Association, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and others.

To support safe use of reopened library facilities, we've made various changes to public spaces and building operations based on recommendations from USU Emergency Preparedness and the CDC:

  • Building hours have been shortened to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of public areas.
  • Plexiglass barriers and 6-foot markers have been added at all service points.
  • Spaces and furniture have been reconfigured to allow for 6-feet of distance between individuals.
  • Stairways and passages through book shelving units have been marked with directional signage and floor markers. Main entrance and exit doors have been marked for single entry and exit.
  • Elevator use is limited to two persons at a time.

Getting Access to Collections

The general print collection can be browsed and checked out without restriction. Patrons are encouraged to use self-checkout stations on 1st floor. Upon return, items will be handled safely and quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.

Media collection items and Veterinary Medicine books (housed in the LMC/Course Reserves area) can be browsed or viewed by using to reserve LMC Rooms 158A, B, or C. Circulating items can be checked out using this online request form and picked up from the circulation desk.

Health and Safety Paging

For those with health concerns who do not want to enter the building, we are offering a limited delivery service where items will be retrieved for you and available for pickup at the back door (west side) of the building. Items can be requested using an online request form and are available for pickup at 10:00 - 11:00 am and 3:00 - 4:00 pm (Mon - Friday) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Mon - Thurs).

Special Collections

Special Collections materials and Art Book Room collections can be requested for in-person viewing. To setup an appointment to view materials, please contact Special Collections. To facilitate online and remote access, we've expanded online help services and temporarily increased free digitization limits. See using special collections for more information.

Our staff remains committed to helping patrons from USU and the public access government information virtually. Please see our Digital Access LibGuide. Virtual assistance is available by emailing the Government Information Librarian, Jen Kirk at

Technology and Equipment Checkouts

Headphones are not being checked out at this time. If you don't have personal headphones, a pair will be provided at the circulation desk on request.

Many technology items, equipment, and study aids are available for checkout, with added procedures to ensure they are properly sanitized and quarantined upon return. Please refer to the table below for items for availability. Items can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Available for Checkout Not Available at this time
  • Laptops and iPads
  • Webcams
  • Calculators
  • Chargers and adapters
  • HDMI cables
  • Portable digital whiteboards
  • Whiteboards
  • Anatomical models*
  • Markers/Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Ergonomic Keyboard
  • DVD/BluRay players
  • VCR
  • VR equipment
  • Headphones

*Note: To use anatomical models, reserve rooms 158A, B, or C using

Checkouts and Other Services


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan services, including borrowing books and other physical items, have resumed. We will make every effort to process your requests as quickly as possible while maintaining safety standards. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, delivery times may take longer than normal. Some requests may be cancelled if another library is unable to fulfill the request. 

Course Reserves

Physical course materials cannot be checked out at this time due to their frequency of use and difficulties with quarantine of print materials. Instructors are encouraged to use digital alternatives. For more information or to get help converting to digitial course materials, contact Brooke Jones at or (435) 797-2647.

Research Help and Instruction

The Information Desk is available via chat or email for extended hours (until 7:00 pm, Monday - Thursday). See our Ask Us page for more information or to get help.

Subject Librarians and Specialists

Though face-to-face consultations are temporarily suspended, you can still get in-depth help from a variety of specialists in the library through email, phone, or videoconferencing programs, including:

Library Instruction

To promote public safety, library instruction is being delivered primarily through online and hybrid modalities. Please contact your subject librarian or the SCA instruction coordinator at to customize instruction to suit your course delivery methods and objectives. You can also browse our list of e-learning materials by discipline. For help integrating these into your course, contact your subject librarian.