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Update Regarding Library Services and Support for Distance Learning (revised 6/29)

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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.

Borrowed Materials & Due Dates

The library is waiving all fees for borrowed library materials until further notice. You will not be fined for late returns.
The Mortvedt Library building is currently closed but you can return books and materials to the book return locked box outside the front entrance. We are checking it weekly. 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.

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 our guide to enhanced resource access and COVID-19 research and information.

If you’re done with your textbooks, you can donate them to the Lute Library/Course Reserves by leaving them in the book drop in front of the library.

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.


While the library is closed you can print in the Anderson University Center, the printer is located near the Conferences and Events Office. Here are instructions on how to send your documents to the printer, 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 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.