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Purdue Libraries Changes to Operations Re: COVID-19

March 11th, 2020


In accordance with Purdue University’s decision to move all courses to an online model for the foreseeable future, Purdue Libraries has made changes to its operations in the interest of the health and safety of the campus community. News about the COVID-19 virus changes fast, and any updates to Libraries-specific operating procedures or policies will be noted here. Please refer to the University site for all information related to Purdue’s COVID-19 response.

Changes to Hours/ Services Moving Online

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 pm EST and continuing until the university deems it safe for campus life to resume as normal, all Libraries services and resources will be available online only. All Libraries buildings will be closed completely until further notice with the exception of Hicks Undergraduate Library, which will remain open to Purdue students Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm as a study space ONLY. This is subject to change per University protocol. No in-person library services will be provided and social distancing protocol will be strictly enforced. Visit our All Hours page for the most up-to-date library hours.

Statement from the Dean of Libraries

Dean Beth McNeil has released a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak, its impact on Purdue Libraries, and our commitment to continuing necessary services while keeping our campus community safe.

Print Materials

For the health and safety of our staff and patrons, we have temporarily suspended all circulation of print materials until further notice.

  • We are unable to provide delivery or lending of any books or physical materials at this time.
  • Purdue faculty, staff, and students can still submit a request for an electronic version of a print book through our catalogs and staff will investigate if an online version is available for purchase.
  • Patrons can request a scanned electronic copy of a small portion, article, or chapter from a print resource through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Faculty, staff, and students can also submit a “Suggest a Purchase” form and we will investigate whether we can add to the electronic collection.
  • We are extending the due dates for all currently loaned items and are not charging overdue fines. Please keep any library materials you have at this time.

Changes to Events

Events are currently subject to likely cancellation for the health and safety of all attending. Please check your email frequently for updates or contact the event organizer to confirm that an event is still taking place before you travel to campus.

Link to Remote Access Resources Guide

Purdue Libraries will make every effort to maintain access to critical resources through this uncertain time. We encourage you to explore this guide to learn about the various ways that we can support your scholarship and research while you are away from campus.