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Update Regarding Library Services and Support for Distance Learning (revised 4/6)

Posted by: / March 9, 2020

As you have heard from President Belton, all regular classes will continue to be offered remotely through the end of the semester. In order to continue meeting the needs of our community, we have compiled this list of resources and updates.

Library Hours

NOTE: Until further notice, the library will be closed. Once more information is available an updated schedule will be posted.

The Archives and Special Collections will also be closed. Archives staff can offer some remote research support. Please contact archives@plu.edu.

Textbooks and Course Reserves

Textbooks and other printed materials on reserve are not accessible. Some course readings and books may be available in digital form. Please e-mail library@plu.edu for assistance. You can also check VitalSource Helps for available textbooks, and our guide to enhanced resource access and COVID-19 research and information.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

During this period of time, library users can still submit ILL requests for articles only. Requests for other types of materials will not be fulfilled.

Borrowed Materials & Due Dates

Until further notice, the library will be waiving all fees for borrowed library materials. During this period, library users should not return any library materials regardless of due date until the library reopens.

Online Resource Access Policy

Off-campus access to subscription resources, such as article databases, online journals, and online reference materials, is available to current PLU students, faculty, and staff. When accessing these resources from an off-campus location, you will be asked to provide your ePass.

NOTE: UpToDate individual account registrations can only be done while on campus. You can register for SciFinder from off campus but you must use this link. if your registration is current, you can access both resources remotely. If you have any questions, contact Genevieve Williams (williagr@plu.edu).

Ask-a-Librarian Chat 24/7

Our Ask-a-Librarian chat service will also be available during this period. This service is staffed by librarians at universities throughout the world who are available to help you with your research 24/7. You can start chatting now through this link: https://www.plu.edu/library/ask-a-librarian/

Research Meetings with an Individual Librarian

You can continue to schedule researching appointments with individual PLU librarians. The appointment scheduler is available at this link: https://plu.libcal.com/appointments/research

Once you schedule an appointment, your confirmation email may include a link to a Google Hangout you can use to meet virtually with the librarian at the scheduled time.

Library Instruction

Given the campus-wide switch to distance learning, the usual methods for library instruction will not be able to take place during this time. Contact your liaison librarian about supporting your students’ research needs during this period.

Additional Resources for Distance Learning


As a reminder, you can find additional information and updates on PLU’s Coronavirus Information webpage.