Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies News

Statement from Dean Beth McNeil on COVID-19

March 11th, 2020

The health and safety of the Purdue University community remains our utmost concern in these uncertain times. Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies stands with the vigilant efforts of campus administration to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to our students, faculty, and staff by moving current courses online. As this situation develops in real time, information about COVID-19 and Purdue’s response will be regularly updated on the University’s site.

I want to reassure our community that Purdue Libraries will make every effort to continue necessary services and resources and provide scholarly support to our faculty, staff, and students. We have created a guide to our Remote Access Resources to aid those who require access to Libraries materials while away from campus. We encourage instructors to utilize these electronic resources in lieu of print materials when possible for the safety and convenience of their students who may be studying away from campus. Liaison librarians will be available for consultations via phone or email for those with questions and concerns.

We have implemented additional health and safety measures in our physical libraries by increasing the frequency in which we clean study spaces and encouraging the social distancing measures recommended by the CDC. As this outbreak and precautionary recommendations evolve, you may see changes to our operating hours, events, and policies. This guide will be actively updated as changes occur.

Purdue Libraries is closely following the University’s lead in taking the proper preventative steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our faculty, staff, and students. Every effort is being made to ensure that Libraries will continue to provide service and expertise to our community without jeopardizing the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and patrons. I want to thank those who work in Purdue Libraries for their time, effort, and planning in proactively addressing the changing needs of campus as we confront the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you for your continued support,

Beth McNeil

Dean and Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science
Libraries and School of Information Studies