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Update Regarding Library Services and Support for Distance Learning (revised 7/6)

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March 9, 2020

In order to continue meeting the needs of our community, we have compiled this list of resources and updates. Please see the university’s COVID-19 updates page for more information.

Library Hours and Building Access

Mortvedt Library is open to PLU students, faculty, and staff with a current PLU I.D. card (swipe access required), see hours here. The building is not open to the public until further notice.

The Archives and Special Collections is closed at this time. Archives staff can offer some remote research support. Please contact archives@plu.edu.

Checking Out Books and Materials

Current students, faculty, and staff can check out library books and materials in the library or schedule a curbside pick. We are limiting access to the building and so, unfortunately, we can not let visitors or alums inside or provide them with access to the library collection.

Curbside Pick Up of Library Materials is Available

See here for more information and the pick up order form.

Study Rooms

Due to COVID-19 the library is not able to provide study rooms at this time.

Course Reserves/Lute Lending Library & Textbooks

Some textbooks and other course reserve materials are available. Please e-mail library@plu.edu for assistance. You can also check our guide to enhanced resource access and COVID-19 research and information.

In order to increase access to course reserves, we are also able to scan selected chapters from books, whether they are your personal copies or held by the library. To learn more, complete this scanning request form. Scanning will follow appropriate copyright and fair use guidelines.

Appropriate alternatives to textbooks and similar materials may be available as open access. For an introduction to this genre of educational resource, see our guide.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Library users can now request loans. ILL is no longer restricted to articles only.

Borrowed Materials

The Mortvedt Library building is open (a current PLU ID card is needed for access to the building via the card swipe reader) and you can return books and materials to the book return locked box outside the front entrance or to the front desk. If you are currently living out of the area you can mail items via the USPS Media Mail (less expensive) to:
Mortvedt Library
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma WA 9844.


Printing is available in the library (The building is not open to the public at this time) and in the Anderson University Center. In the AUC the printer is located near the Conferences and Events Office. Here are instructions on how to send your documents to the printers, https://www.plu.edu/helpdesk/support/mobile-printing/ . Add money to your LuteCard for printing at Old Main Market (without a fee), or add it online (with a fee) at get.cbord.com

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 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.