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Fall Semester Library Plans

by Patricia Campbell on 2020-08-13T08:02:48-06:00 in Library | Comments

University Libraries will not be reopening on August 17 as originally anticipated. University Libraries will continue to offer a high level of service online for the start of the semester while library buildings – Zimmerman, Fine Arts & Design, and Centennial Science and Engineering – remain temporarily closed. Parish Library has been permanently closed as of July 1 for the transition to a staff-only library services building. We are delaying our opening to the UNM community while we complete the implementation of safety measures related to COVID-19 and ensure all student employees have been orientated on new procedures.

Online services include instruction for students, reference consultations, electronic content, scanning, and emailing articles. University Libraries will continue our book Carryoutarryout service with pickups several times per week and continue to offer access to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections by appointment. As interlibrary loan and resource sharing gradually restore, we will also fully provide and participate in those services with our sharing partners.

Centennial Library, the Fine Arts and Design Library, and Zimmerman Library will reopen when safety training is completed and health measures are in place.

Library Help, Instruction Sessions and Research Consultations

Quick questions can be answered virtually through Ask a Librarian. In-depth questions can be directed to Ask a Librarian or scheduled through online appointments with our Subject Librarians. Online appointments can also be scheduled with the Center for Southwest Research and Special CollectionsResearch Data ServicesDigital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication, and Government Information. Instructors can contact the subject librarian assigned to your department to discuss library sessions for your classes. Individuals with accessibility concerns may request accommodations when scheduling an appointment.

Course Materials Support

Campus instructors have been strongly urged to only have electronic reserves for the fall semester. Safety protocols for physical library materials (72 hour quarantine) present barriers for access when many students must consult the same item in a short time period. We are supporting this shift through scanning and persistent URL provision, identification of Open Educational Resources options, ebook and streaming media assistance, and referrals to UNM Bookstore services where appropriate. Find out more about course reserves in this guide.

Fall Semester Book Carryout Starting August 17 

Request Process 

  • UNM faculty, staff, and students may request library materials from any central campus library (Centennial, Fine Arts & Design, Parish, Zimmerman) for Carryout using the Request It feature in the catalog.
  • Find the item you want in the catalog, click Request It, log into your ILLiad account, and the item information will be automatically filled out. Click Submit Request to send us the request. You will receive an email confirmation when your item(s) are ready for Carryout.
  • Some restrictions apply, e.g., reserve materials, materials from non-circulating collections are not available. 
  • We will discontinue the Hathi ETAS service as of Monday, August 17. These library materials may once again be requested through Carryout. 
  • The service will be available until library buildings reopen to the campus community 

Carryout Process 

  • All items will be consolidated for pickup at Zimmerman Library. 
  • Carryout ‚Äčpickup is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 AM - Noon and from 2 PM - 4 PM. ‚ÄčItems will only be held for 14 days and then returned to the shelf if not checked out. 
  • To get your items, please come to the North entrance of Zimmerman, wearing a mask and bringing your LoboCard. We will verify your identification and check items out to you when you arrive.  
  • Carryout is not available for non-UNM individuals at this time. We hope to offer this again at a future date, but must prioritize campus access to library materials at this time. 


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