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UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

Library Services - Fall 2022

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?

Extended Fall Semester Hours (began Sunday, September 11)

  • Sunday: 1 pm - 10 pm
  • Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday: Noon - 6 pm

Fall Break Hours (Saturday, October 8 - Tuesday, October 11)

  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday : 8 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday : 8 am - 5 pm

Regular hours resume Wednesday, October 12.


  • Please note that the hours are subject to change.
  • For most accurate building and department hours, visit our Hours and Directions page.
  • During the fall semester, access to Special Collections and University Archives is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30pm - 4:00pm, or other times by appointment. Email with questions or to set up an appointment.
  • 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?

  • Yes! You can reach a librarian through Library chat, via email (, by phone (540-654-1148), or by stopping by the Reference Desk.
  • You can also schedule a consultation with a reference librarian for help with research or citing sources. Check out our list of library experts by subject to find contact information or make an appointment.
  • Not sure who to contact? Email, and we'll forward your request to the appropriate librarian.


Will I be able to reserve a study room?

  • Yes! Use 25Live to reserve a Simpson Library study room.


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 the left-hand column of every Canvas course.
  • Physical reserves are at the Circulation Desk, and they may be checked out with your EagleOne card.
  • 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.
  • Visitors must 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?

  • Masks are no longer required for entry to Simpson Library, but masks are still recommended when in close proximity of others for a prolonged period of time, particularly indoors. For the most up-to-date information on campus policies regarding masking, vaccinations, and testing, visit the Fall 2022 - Return to Campus page.
  • Everyone who has COVID symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status, should stay away from others and get tested. If you have symptoms or a positive test, reach out to Simpson Library about our remote services!


What does social distancing look like in the library?

  • Please maintain appropriate distance while waiting for desk service, water fountains, or printer use.


Can I bring food or drinks into the library?

  • Yes! Food and beverages are allowed in the library.


Enhanced Hygiene and Cleaning Practices

Will hand sanitizer be available?

  • Definitely! Touchless dispensers for hand sanitizer are located all around the library. They 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.