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Library Service Updates for COVID-19

Librarians are available online and in person to assist students and employees with their reading, research, study, consultation, and collaboration needs. 

  • The library building is open for use by current Simon's Rock students and employees.
  • Access to the building, services, and collections for visitors and community borrowers has been suspended until further notice. 

Check here for updates, because services will change as circumstances dictate. Details are below.

The library is open for use by current Simon's Rock students and employees.

May 18-23: 9am-6pm Monday-Friday; closed Saturday-Sunday

May 24-June 11: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday; Saturday 12pm-5pm; closed Sunday

June 12-August 20: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday; closed Saturday-Sunday

We are also providing online resources and services for students enrolled in remote learning courses.

  • All patrons much wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Everyone is required to maintain physical distance of 6 feet at all times.
  • No group of more than 4 is allowed to gather in the library (i.e., to study), with the exception of classes scheduled to meet in the library or library-sponsored events.
  • Total occupancy of the library is limited to 50.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash and/or sanitize their hands upon entering the building and before and after using library furniture, equipment, and collections.
  • In order to quarantine materials that have been used but not circulated (reference collection, periodicals, items on display, etc.), patrons should not re-shelve any items; these materials can be deposited in the book return after use.
  • No food is allowed in the library.
  • Seniors with carrels should coordinate use with neighboring carrel holders to ensure physical distancing.
  • Patrons can make an appointment with a librarian for online or in person assistance by emailing
  • Walk-up research services are available at the Circulation Desk without an appointment.
If you need one or two chapters scanned from a book in the library’s collection, submit a request and we’ll send them to you. We can’t scan entire books, so if you’re unsure which chapters you want, we can send you the table of contents first (see request form for details). 

Submit interlibrary loan requests as usual. Please be aware that our ability to fill requests may be limited by the operational status of other libraries. Requests for articles and book chapters will continue as normal. These items are requested, processed, and delivered digitally. Contact for assistance with any other items.

  • Returned items are quarantined before shelving or subsequent circulation.
  • Physical course reserves are suspended.
  • Reference Collection and Periodicals: in order to quarantine materials that have been used, patrons should not reshelve any items; these materials should be deposited in the book return after use.
  • Simon's Rock Archives and ECRI: physical materials can be made available by appointment following an online consulatation. Contact for more information.

All electronic resources are always available from any location. These resources include more than 200,000 ebooks, 50,000 full text electronic journals and magazines, streaming music and video, and more. Use the links to these resources from the library's webpages [Search Everything, Resources by Name, Resources by Subject], because the necessary authentication procedure is initiated by clicking those links. You'll be asked to log in using your Simon's Rock username and password.

  • Faculty can set up an instruction session with a librarian by emailing
  • Librarians can provide in person or online instruction based on the needs and preferences of the instructor.