Published: Jan. 7, 2021

Welcome back, Buffs! We hope everyone has enjoyed a healthy and happy winter break. As we move into the spring semester, the University Libraries remain committed to assisting you with your research needs during this period of remote instruction. Here’s what you need to know:

Outside Norlin Library


Borrowing Library Materials 

CU Boulder affiliates can continue to check out library print materials using our contactless hold pickup service. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, patrons will need to pick up their requested materials in the Norlin Library’s east entrance lobby (near the Sundial Plaza) as the pickup location is moving from its current location in the west entrance. 

Since August, students and faculty have utilized this service to borrow about 10,000 physical items. 

Visitors will need a valid Buff OneCard to enter the building.  



Individual study spaces in the Norlin Commons


Study Spaces

Fifty individual study seats will be available by reservation only in the Norlin Commons. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, service hours are as follows: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Nine desktop computers (four Macintosh, five PC) can be reserved. 

Reservations can be made in 45-minute increments for up to 135 minutes per request. Please bring a valid Buff OneCard to access the Commons. 


Printing station




Printing and Scanning

Starting Jan. 19, three printers will be available to students, faculty and staff in need of printing and scanning services during the Norlin Commons’ designated hours of operation.

You may print from the libraries’ computers as well as your personal devices.

Reservations are not required for print job pickups; however, you will need a valid Buff OneCard to enter the building. 

Learn more about using campus printing and scanning services.




Person pulling e-reader from bookshelf


Digital Access

The libraries maintain access to digital surrogates for 48% of books in our print collection, thanks to HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service, and expanded access to nearly 100 databases and online resources.

You can continue to access e-books and other digital copies of materials 24/7 through OneSearch

Not finding what you need? Patrons may suggest the purchase of a library title not already held by the libraries. 


Person typing at laptop



Ask a Librarian

Our remote and virtual Ask a Librarian service is available to those needing help with course assignments and research by chat, text, email or consultation. Service hours are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Drop-in Zoom or phone research consultations will also be available to CU Boulder affiliates throughout the spring semester. All you need is your current IdentiKey. Service hours are as follows: 

  • Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Book a research consultation.


Updates to service hours may be subject to change as we navigate inherent challenges due to the pandemic this semester. All patrons using University Libraries’ services are expected to comply with city and campus public health guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing. More COVID-19 Information for Library Services is available through our website.