COVID-19 and Library Services

Last updated: 8/21/2020

Is the Library Open?

The Library is open to current UCCS students, faculty, and staff. When you enter the building, you will need to swipe in with your UCCS Lion OneCard. The Library will remain closed to the general public.

While inside the Library, you must wear a face covering as required by UCCS Safety Guidelines.

Several areas of the Library remain closed:

  • The entire third floor of the Library is limited to staff only, including the UCCS Archives, EPC 304c, the Reflective Space, and the Parent/Child Study Room, and group study rooms.
  • Because the third floor is closed, the elevator will be unavailable.

The second floor of the Library will be open, including the computing lab, printers, tables, and study carrels.

Group study rooms are available on the second floor as well by reservation only. For groups of 2 or more people: Due to social distancing, study rooms can only have up to 4 people in the room. We cannot accommodate groups of 5 or more. All groups must wear their facial covering at all times.

Reserve a Group Study Room


Borrowing Books and Other Library Items

For your safety, we are asking UCCS students, faculty, or staff not to touch or browse the Library’s physical collection this fall. Instead, you will need to request all books, DVDs, and other items before you can use them.

Our staff will retrieve the item and email you when it's ready for pickup. This is for the safety of our patrons and our staff and reduces physical contact with the collection during the pandemic. 

Requesting an Item from the Collection

  1. To place a request, find the title in the Library Catalog.
  2. If its status is On Shelf – Request Item or Quarantined, you must request the item before you can use it.
  3. Click Request Item in the sidebar of the Library Catalog.
  4. Look for an email to your email address from the Library notifying you that the item is available for pickup.
  5. Pick up the item at the Library’s Circulation Desk within 7 days of being notified.

Requests for items with a status of On Shelf - Request Item generally will take 1 business day or less to fulfill. Requests for Quarantined items will take up to 144 hours (6 days) to fulfill. These items were recently returned and are being quarantined for your safety before we recirculate them.

Several collections will continue to be unavailable:

  • The Reference Collection
  • Current and Bound Periodicals

Returning Books and Other Items to the Library

For the fall semester, please return all borrowed library materials (including books, DVDS, mobile hotspots, etc.) to the Library’s exterior book drop, located near the southeast entrance to the University.

Access to Textbooks and Course Reserves for Fall Semester

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library will not be circulating print course reserves to students during the Fall 2020 semester. This is for the safety of library patrons and our staff. Instead, the library will work to add electronic course reserves directly to Canvas. 

  • This service is only for faculty/staff 
  • Students requesting this service will be referred to their faculty 
  • Requests will be processed in the order they're received
  • Due to copyright restrictions, requested materials will be posted on Canvas

Students should read our Course Reserves Information for Students FAQ.

Faculty and staff can submit requests using the Faculty Course Reserve Request Form.

Prospector is Unavailable

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Prospector is currently unavailable. 

Interlibrary Loan Services are Limited

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Library's Interlibrary Loan services are currently limited to electronic requests. 

Getting Research Assistance

Needing help researching a topic for an assignment? We’re available virtually to help you with your research questions! Ask questions through chat, email, phone, and text. Just visit the library homepage or

Accessing the UCCS University Archives

Research within the UCCS University Archives is available by appointment only.  Please contact the Archives using our contact form, describing your question and request.  Only a small percentage of the materials in the collections have been digitized so arrangements to access the physical materials must be made in accordance with COVID-19 operating procedures.