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Hours & Access

Beginning Monday, August 24, the Learning Commons will be open daily for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • August 31 - November 20: 8 a.m. to midnight

A Springfield College ID card will be required to enter the building at all times. The Learning Commons remains closed to visitors.

Space for 24-hour study is currently available on the first floor and there are plans to add the 2nd floor once security measures have been completed. Once the two floor 24-hour study space is available this page will be updated.

Proper mask usage and social distancing are required in the Learning Commons at all times. Plexiglass barriers have been installed on service desks for enhanced safety. Group study rooms will be limited to 2 students per room.

With the exception of group study rooms, booking rooms in the Learning Commons: Library Services is not booking any space in the Learning Commons this fall due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Taupier, Director of Library Services at: ataupier@springfield.edu.

Connect With Us Online

Library Services staff are available on Chat Help every day during open hours. You can email the library any time at ask@springfield.libanswers.com.

Librarians and library staff will be working both on campus and remotely. The best way to contact individual library staff members is via email -- see the Library Staff Directory.

Reference librarians will continue to meet virtually rather than in person. Request an appointment with a librarian to schedule a meeting on Zoom, Google Hangouts, or by phone.

Online Resources

Library Services provides access to a wide variety of online resources, including full-text articles, ebooks, and streaming video. Start with Quick Search to explore library resources, or use a specific database from the Full Database List.

If you have any trouble accessing online resources off campus, check our Frequently Asked Questions for assistance with remote access and other common issues. You can also contact Chat Help or email us at ask@springfield.libanswers.com with your question or concern.

Physical Materials

For library materials that are currently checked out, due dates have been extended through September 8, 2020 and fines will not be billed. Please return borrowed items at your earliest convenience or contact the library staff to request an additional renewal.

The library’s physical collections, including print books, DVDs, and course reserve materials, will be available for standard borrowing periods during the fall semester. We strongly recommend submitting Hold requests for items from the 4th floor of the Learning Commons. Holds can be picked up at the Information Desk. Patrons working and studying remotely should use Interlibrary Loan to access physical items.

Physical items will be cleaned with sanitizing wipes between uses. We also ask that patrons checking out items clean their hands with sanitizer prior to handling the materials.

Interlibrary Loan

Full Interlibrary Loan services will be available and operating under normal procedures when the Learning Commons reopens. Patrons working and studying remotely may use Interlibrary Loan to request physical items from the 4th floor of the Learning Commons. See our Interlibrary Loan page for more information, or contact our Interlibrary Loan staff at libraryill@springfield.edu with any questions.

Getting Research Help

Working on a paper or project? Get started with a Research Guide in your subject area! Not sure where to begin? Research Companion and the Library Services YouTube channel offer helpful videos and tutorials.

Reference librarians are available to provide assistance 7 days per week. Find your subject specialist and request a virtual appointment.

Resources for Faculty

Library Services staff are here to support your teaching, whether you’re offering face-to-face or remote instruction. Visit our guide to Putting Library Resources Online to find step-by-step instructions for adding library ebooks, streaming video, and articles to Brightspace. Consult our Copyright Guide for information about copyright law and Fair Use.

Library Instruction

Reference librarians are available to provide remote library instruction and information literacy sessions. We can Zoom with your class, record video, create research guides, and more. Please use our Library Instruction Request Form to schedule a class session, or contact your Liaison Librarian to customize an instruction session for your students.

Access to the College Archives

The reading room in the Archives and Special Collections remains closed to researchers at this time. The College Archivist, Jeffrey Monseau, is available to help students and faculty with research and resources. Please contact jmonseau@springfieldcollege.edu directly with any questions.

Over 30,000 items are available in the Springfield College Digital Collections, including digitized photographs, documents, hand-written text and correspondence, yearbooks, student newspapers, and audio and video files from our extensive collections.

Stay Informed!

We will continue to update this page throughout the semester. You can also keep up with Library Services by following us on Facebook or Instagram. Stay updated on Springfield College’s response by visiting the COVID-19 Info Home page.

Last updated September 10, 2020