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Library and Learning Commons Services Update - Spring Quarter 2020

General Information

The Staff and Student Workers of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons have been working diligently to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with the university and public health mandates, guidelines, and practices.  We have prioritized the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members, while trying to sustain regular operations as much as possible.   

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC to limit the size of all social and public gatherings, along with the Governor’s  mandate for the state of Washington to support social distancing efforts and to prioritize public health needs, the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be closed beginning 12:00 PM Friday, March 20, 2020.  Our 24/7 spaces are closed as of midnight 3/25/20 consistent with Gov. Inslee's Executive Order 20-25, “Stay Home – Stay Healthy”.   

At this time, details about Spring Quarter library and learning commons’ hours, operations and services have not been finalized since this situation is constantly evolving on every level - - locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. We are working now to identify actions we can take to prepare for a variety of scenarios, while prioritizing the health and well-being of library and learning commons users and staff.  We will continue to post updates as details are confirmed. 

Technology Access and Affordability

Students can contact the Library to borrow a Chromebook for Spring Quarter. Distribution of Chromebooks will resume when the library reopens.

Faculty and staff can contact IT Services to request a laptop computer, webcam, or headset to use for Spring Quarter online instruction.

Building Availability and Cleaning

The library will be closing at noon on March 20th, 2020; but our 24/7 spaces will remain open to SU members with card access.  These areas encompass the entire first floor and the “new” side of the 2nd floor: The Byte, the Bangassar Reading Room behind the Byte, the 2nd floor computer lab, and the 2nd floor lobby.  [See our Floor Maps for more information]

Seattle University is committed to the safety of our public spaces, and the 24/7 areas will remain on a nightly cleaning schedule, weekly, from Sunday through Thursday.  On Friday and Saturday, Facilities will focus primarily on deep cleaning public restrooms and areas that contain high touch point surfaces during the day.

Faculty Information

In shifting to online instruction, Seattle University faculty may encounter issues regarding the appropriate use of information resources. In order to assist institutions rapidly moving courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library copyright community has published a statement addressing some of the questions raised by this unique situation: Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research.

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the use of information resources as you pivot to online instruction, please contact Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons for assistance:

  • If you have questions regarding eBook availability and purchasing, contact your liaison librarian or Jan Hartley (Director of Resource Acquisitions and Management)
  • If you have questions regarding course reserves, contact Aaron Morgan (Reserves Technician)
  • If you have questions regarding copyright issues related to online instruction, contact Rochelle Lundy (Scholarly Communication Officer)

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