As we reopen our doors in the shadow of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution we can ensure the health and wellness of our patrons and staff. With safety in mind, we have had to modify some of the services we offer and make a number of changes to accommodate health and safety guidelines. You can use this site to stay up to date with the changes we are making and hopefully find answers to your questions. And if you need more help, please reach out!
When and how will library services restart?
Clemson Libraries remains committed to providing quality library services and spaces while addressing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Spring 2021 semester, the Libraries will follow University lead to physically reopen to serve the Clemson community, while continuing to provide virtual access to many of our services. We will open our doors to Clemson students, faculty, and staff on September 21. More details on our reopening will be communicated via news and blog posts or on our various social media accounts.
What are the libraries doing to minimize the risk of infection?
- Cloth face coverings are required when inside University buildings, by both employees and patrons
- Patrons will be encouraged to clean their surfaces before and after use with cleaning supplies and sanitizing stations, which will be provided throughout the library
- Custodians will frequently clean high-touch areas such as door handles, light switches and restroom surfaces
- Plexiglass barriers have been installed at each service point
- Multiple hand sanitiser dispensers will be placed at service points and entry points
- Library access and capacity will be limited to follow social distancing guidelines
- Study areas will be modified using the university guidance for spacing
- Signage will be installed to encourage safe patron behaviors, including physical distancing and handwashing
- Social distancing floor markers will designate a six-foot waiting area for the service desk
- Self-checkout stations will be available and requested items will be available on an open hold shelf for contactless pick-up
- All library books will be returned in book drop bins
- There will be a limited number of student computers available that will have keyboard covers that can be cleaned after each use
- Research and reference support will be provided through chat, email, or phone
- All print materials and technology items will be quarantined for seven days after being returned
- Technology items such as cables and chargers will be cleaned after each use
What can I do to minimize the risk of infection?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), you should wash your hands often, avoid close contact with others, wear a face mask, cover your coughs and sneezes, keep your spaces clean, and monitor your health daily. For more information on CDC recommendations, please visit the CDC prevention page.
Where can I park/how has COVID-19 impacted parking on campus?