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UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

Library Services Fall 2021

UMW Libraries COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Availability of Services

Public Health and Safety Guidelines

Enhanced Hygiene and Cleaning Practices

Availability of Services

Is the library open?

  • These are our hours for the Fall Semester:

    • Monday – Thursday, 8am – 8pm
    • Friday, 8am – 5 pm
    • Saturday, CLOSED
    • Sunday, 1 pm – 8 pm
  • Please note that the hours are subject to change.
  • **The week of Thanksgiving, Simpson Library will be open during regular hours on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (Nov. 21-23). The library will be closed Wednesday through Sunday (November 24-28) for Thanksgiving Break.**
  • For most accurate building and department hours, visit our Hours and Directions page.
  • Special Collections and University Archives is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00. Other times in the week are available by appointment only.
  • The Digital Archiving Lab in the HCC is available by appointment only. Contact for an appointment or to request assistance


Can I get help from a reference librarian?

  • You can also schedule a remote consultation with a reference librarian for help with research or citing sources. Find your subject librarian on this list and make an appointment, or email and we'll forward your request to the appropriate person.


Will I be able to reserve a study room?

  • Yes! Use 25 Live to reserve a group study room.
  • To schedule a space, visit 25Live.

Can I use a public computer, printer, or scanner?

  • Computers, scanners, and printers are all available on the first floor of the library. Check with library staff if you need assistance.

How do I access my course materials on reserve?

  • Electronic reserves are available through the Library Reading List link in every Canvas course.
  • Physical reserves are back. Please contact Olivia Key, Reserves & Reading Lists Supervisor, or email with any questions.

Can I request items through ILL?

I'm not affiliated with UMW but would like to use the library as a guest. Is the library open to me?

  • Yes!  Appointments are no longer required.
  • All visitors must wear masks and observe all posted safety procedures.
  • Please note that guest computer access is first come, first served.


Public Health and Safety Guidelines

Do I have to wear a mask?

  • Yes. UMW's COVID-19 Face Coverings/Masks Policy requires wearing a face covering while inside a University facility or on any University property when in the presence of others.


What does social distancing look like in the library?

  • Please observe all floor markers to help keep appropriate distance while waiting for desk service, water fountains, or printer use.
  • A plexiglass barrier at the service desk helps keep all of us safe.

Can I bring food into the library?

  • Yes!  


Enhanced Hygiene and Cleaning Practices

Will hand sanitizer be available?

  • Definitely! All around the library, you'll see new touchless dispensers for hand sanitizer. These are positioned in the highest traffic areas: near stairwells, doors, and public service points.


What increased cleaning measures are in place?

  • Housekeeping is doing additional disinfecting throughout the day at high touch points, but we all need to do our part to make sure the library stays clean!
  • Disinfecting wipes are available throughout the library; please use them to wipe down your area before you leave. For keyboards and other electronics, wring out the wipe to remove excess liquid first, then wipe the equipment.
    • Do not use the wipes on touch screens, please! Hand sanitizer is available for you to clean your hands after touching shared screens.
    • Please notify staff if you see areas in the library that need to be cleaned.