Covid-19 Library Response: Important Info

Updated September 17, 2020

The Library is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BuzzCard is required for access between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Electronic resources will remain available, as usual.

All scheduled courses and consultations with librarians, archivists, and public service associates will continue virtually.

Lending and delivery of physical resources from the Library Service Center (LSC) are now available. Delivery is contact-less using Library lockers. Faculty will receive items via LENDS delivery. Physical course reserves and gadgets lending remain unavailable.

Access to Emory's shared collection in the LSC, GIL Express, and Interlibrary Loan services has resumed. Expect delivery delays for physical items borrowed from non-Georgia Tech libraries due to quarantine procedures.

The Library recommends use of virtual support services in lieu of in-person archival and resource access. We also encourage use and request of electronic copies when possible.

Hours

Crosland Tower

Library (Crosland Tower)

The Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BuzzCard is required for access between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. All virtual services are available 24-hours a day via the Library's Ask Us! page.

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Clough Commons

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons is open to BuzzCard holders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is open to the general public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Re-opening FAQs

The Georgia Tech Library opened August 3 with the goal of prioritizing health and safety while providing the delivery of critical services to support campus-based instruction for students, faculty and staff.

Our guiding principles include:

  • Supporting students in their academic progression and faculty in their quality of instruction;
  • Assisting the research and innovation enterprises;
  • Promoting transparency and communication with our decision-making process;
  • Seeking direction from public health experts to inform and refine our decisions;
  • Promoting empathy in responding to the needs and concerns of the campus community;
  • Remaining flexible in our planning and execution;
  • And encouraging each member of the Georgia Tech Community to demonstrate personal health responsibility.


Is the Library open? What are the hours?

Yes. The Library, which includes the S. Price Gilbert Memorial Library and Crosland Tower, plus connections to Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, opened August 3. All three resumed 24-hour schedule Sunday, August 16 in anticipation for the coming semester. All three buildings will be open to the campus community from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., access will be BuzzCard only.

As always, before entering any campus building conduct the Daily Self-Checklist. Use the provided hand sanitizer at each entrance and exit. Masks are required throughout the building.

In order to maintain high standards of cleanliness and mitigate health risks, the Library experience will be different. We ask the Georgia Tech community help us ensure the Library sets the gold standard for Jackets Protecting Jackets.

Can I use the Library to study?
Yes. Please be advised that all entrants must wear a CDC-compliant face covering per University System of Georgia mandate. They are also encouraged to maintain social distancing of at least six feet per CDC guidelines in all areas of the Library, including the collaboration rooms. As such, open study rooms will have furniture removed/covered to promote social distancing. Additionally, some study areas may be used periodically to accommodate distanced, in-person instruction. Overall, total seating capacity will be reduced by 40 to 50 percent.

We ask that use of elevators be limited to one or two people (restrictions are posted for each elevator). If you are capable of using stairs, please do so to keep elevators free for those who need them. Please do not use stairwells for calls, conversations, eating or studying.

Eating and drinking is discouraged in the buildings due to the removal of masks, which are required in all publicly accessible areas of the buildings.

Please note signage throughout the building for entry and exit, traffic flow on stairs, queuing for service, seating, and other normal business procedures.

Do I have to wear a mask the whole time? What happens if I take my mask off?
Yes. Please be advised that all entrants must wear a CDC-compliant face covering per University System of Georgia mandate the entire time they are in the building. If you remove your mask, you will be asked to wear it. If you refuse, you will be asked to leave.

Are collaboration rooms open?
Yes. However, each will have a maximum occupancy posted on the door and in the EMS booking system. This maximum occupancy is based on square footage and will typically only be one to four users per room. Masks are required in collaboration rooms. Eating and drinking is discouraged due to the removal of masks. Please be advised all reservations may be cancelled without notice due to health and safety concerns and/or building or campus closures.

Users will have to bring their own laptops to utilize the audio/visual capabilities of collaboration rooms. Collaboration room computers will not have keyboards or mice for use. Users should clean the rooms before and after use to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. 

Can I use the Library’s computers and printers?
Remote printing is available throughout both buildings in the Library and Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

Socially distanced general computing clusters are now available in the Library and Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. The clusters are located on the fourth floor of Crosland Tower and the third floor of Clough.

Please be advised computing stations have been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing. In order to use the clusters, you will need to request keyboards and mice by using “Ask Us” at library.gatech.edu or texting 770-691-5275.

Each patron is responsible for using centrally located cleaning supplies on each work station and printer before and after use. Hand sanitizer will also be available for use. 

There will be no visitor terminals for the non-Georgia Tech community.

How do I get physical materials?
All Library collections, including the circulating science fiction collection, are now in the Library Service Center as part of Covid-19 response. Physical materials can be requested using the Library’s online catalog and will be delivered without contact using Library lockers. Returned items will be in quarantine for four days. Expect delivery delays for physical items borrowed from non-Georgia Tech libraries due to quarantine procedures.

Gadget lending will begin after the delivery and testing of the UV-C chamber for sterilization.

Circulation of physical course reserves materials has been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.

Visiting researchers seeking in-person archival materials must schedule an appointment at least 48 hours in advance using the online contact form. The Archives Reading Room is open by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks are required in the Archives Reading Room.

Can I borrow a camera, microphone, or other periphery?
In September, again dependent on the delivery of the UV-C chamber for sterilization, the Library will reinstate gadgets lending. All lending will take place online, with contact-less delivery to a Library locker.

Can I borrow a laptop for long-term use?
For students in need of a computer, a limited supply of laptops/tablets are available for no-cost, long-term loan and can be shipped to addresses off campus or picked up on campus by appointment.

Contact customersupport@library.gatech.edu to request a laptop or tablet.

Will I be able to use a Library locker?
Not currently. The Library is using lockers for contact-less delivery for the foreseeable future. If demand does not meet capacity, lockers will be made available for checkout.

Collections

Library Books

Course Reserves

The Library evaluated physical course reserves and purchased frequently used materials in an electronic format, as available, to facilitate access remotely. Instructors should contact their subject expert regarding the availability of course reserves materials.

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Device Lending (Gadgets)

Gadget circulation is suspended.

Laptops

The Library has a limited quantity of laptops available for long-term loan for students in need. Students can contact customersupport@library.gatech.edu to request a laptop.

For students in need of a computer, a variety of laptops/tablets are available for no-cost, long-term loan and can be shipped to addresses off campus or picked up on campus by appointment.

Archives

The Archives Reading Room is open by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For full information, visit the Archives home page.

Services

Many in-person services remain closed. We encourage users to visit this page for assistance and the latest information regarding Library service. We will continue to provide services virtually 24/7.

Lending and delivery of physical resources from the Library Service Center have resumed. Delivery will be contact-less using Library lockers. Faculty will receive items via LENDS delivery.

All requests should start by reserves@library.gatech.edu for course reserves. Subject librarians are working diligently with students, faculty, and staff to find alternate resources, when possible. Contact your subject expert for assistance.

Returns

Returns are available by mail or in-person using a book drop in the Library. All returns are quarantined for four days.

Special Electronic Resources

Off-campus Facilities

Library Service Center (LSC)

The Library Service Center (LSC), operated jointly by Emory University and Georgia Tech, is active but currently closed to the public. Deliveries are made once a day.

Library Records Center

The Library Records Center’s (LRC) hours of service are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access to building is provided by appointment only.