Covid-19 Library Service Changes

Many locations and service desks are temporarily closed or have reduced operating hours. See Hours and Service Desks or Locations for specific hours.

Starting August 10th, more collections and services will become available as part of a phased reopening. See below for more information about new protocols and changes to promote safe use of library facilities and collections. 

Access to Merrill-Cazier Library is restricted to the 1st Floor Information Commons (computer labs) and limited to USU students and employees only.  However, many services are still available online or through remote delivery, including library collections and research help and instruction.

Facility Status

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.

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) Reopening
August 10th
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 Reopening
August 10th
Starting Aug 10th: 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
August 10th
Starting Aug 10th: 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 difficulty with 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 August 10th See Getting Access to Collections
VR Lab, One Button Studio Closed  

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

Reservable Spaces

  • Starting August 10th: Room 154 is available for group reservation, but will be limited to 18 attendees in order to maintain social distancing. To make a reservation, contact Spencer De Vilbiss at
  • Rooms 101 and 208, and the Foyer Table/area 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

Starting August 10th: 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.

Starting August 10th: Media collection items and Veterinary Medicine books (housed in the LMC/Course Reserves area) can be requested online. Items will be available for pickup at the circulation desk.

Special Collections

Starting August 10th: Special Collections materials, Secure Area government documents, 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 for more information.

Borrowing and Other Services


Interlibrary Loan

We will resume all Interlibrary Loan Services (including borrowing entire items), Aug 17th. 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. 

Due to staff limitations, requests will be limited to:
  • Faculty and Graduate Students - 50 active requests at a time
  • Undergraduates - 20 active requests at a time

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 Nick Gittins at or (435) 797-6998.

Theses and Dissertations

Binding of theses and dissertations is unavailable until further notice. Some changes to the process of digitally depositing theses or dissertations have been made. For more information, see the video for this recent thesis and dissertation information session.

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 Teagan Eastman at (435) 797-5368 or