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UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

Using the Library During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Getting Started

With the movement of so many classes to online and hybrid formats, UMW Libraries are working with the school, faculty, and students to ensure that users continue to have access to the materials they need for their classes. This guide will walk you through the numerous ways the library can continue to provide help through online material access, digital research assistance, and additional support for online class creation.

Library Hours and Services

**From 1/4/21 through 1/31/21, access to Simpson Library will only be available by appointment. ALL VISITORS, including UMW students, faculty, and staff must have an appointment to access Simpson Library during this time.**

To schedule an appointment, call 540-654-1125 (and press 0 if prompted) or complete the Library Appointment Form.

With a few exceptions*, appointments will be available during the following hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

*No appointments are available between 4 and 5 pm on Friday 1/8.

*No appointments will be available on Monday 1/18, as the university will be closed for MLK Day.

To learn more about which services are available, see our Hours and Services flyer!

No-Contact Pick Up Form

UMW students, faculty, and staff can use our No-contact Pickup service to get books or other physical items from Simpson Library. Guest and alumni users with valid UMW Libraries borrowing cards can also use No-contact Pickup. To request an item for pickup, fill out the request form.

Digitization requests

UMW student, faculty, and staff may request scanned pages of books, course reserves, and other library materials using the digitization request form.

Return Books

You may return library materials at the main Simpson Library service desk during all open hours.
You may also return materials 24 hours a day, using our book drops.
Our main book drop is located on Campus Walk, in the front wall of Simpson Library, on the side closest to Woodard.
A large, freestanding book drop, located behind Simpson Library on the Melchers side, is also available for returns.

Have Questions? Need help? Email us at or call 540-654-1125.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Current students, faculty, and staff members can request books and other materials through ILL that the UMW Libraries don't own. Click here for more info.

Research assistance

Librarians are available to assist you with your research during the Research Assistance hours listed below. You can email us, chat with us, or text us your questions! Visit for more info.


Simpson Library Hours