Covid-19 Library Response: Important Info

Updated May 18, 2021

The Library requires BuzzCard access 24 hours a day to all buildings. All virtual services are available 24-hours a day via the Library's Ask Us! page. 

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.

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 requires BuzzCard access 24 hours a day to all buildings. For virtual services vist our Ask Us! page.

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Clough Commons

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons requires BuzzCard access 24 hours a day.

FAQs

The Georgia Tech Library operates 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, is open to the Georgia Tech community. Access is BuzzCard only.

Can I use the Library to study?
Yes. Individuals who are vaccinated do not have to wear a face covering. Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities.

Plans for summer semester, which began May 17, included social distancing. We will continue that practice inside classrooms to honor the schedules and classroom assignments that have already been set.

Can I eat and/or drink in the Library and Clough?
Yes.

Are collaboration rooms open?
Yes. 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.

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

General computing clusters are 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.

In order to use the clusters, you will need to request keyboards and mice by visiting the Ask Us! page or texting 770-691-5275.

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 currently in the Library Service Center. 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.

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.

Can I borrow a camera, microphone, or other periphery?
Yes, please visit the Gadgets page for more information. All lending takes 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)

Please visit the Gadgets page for more information. All lending takes place online with contact-less delivery to a Library locker.

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 are available. Delivery is contact-less using Library lockers. Faculty will receive items via LENDS delivery.

All requests should start by e-mailing 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)

 Masks are required in all Emory buildings

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.