Published: Aug. 5, 2020

Gemmill Library will resume limited opening hours effective August 10. All other University Libraries facilities are closed until further notice. 

University Libraries are providing contactless pickup of materials for CU Boulder affiliates (students, staff, faculty) [detailed information]. 

Deans' June 1, 2020 statement on future access to libraries facilities, on-site services and physical collections.

We're providing remote and virtual services to support you. Event, service, and other updates are posted here. General questions? Ask a Librarian.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continually evaluate our services in relation to the COVID-19 situation. 

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Individual Study Seat Reservations

Starting August 10th, CU Boulder affiliates can reserve a seat in Gemmill Library for individual study. Three types of seating are available:

  • Computer lab seating
  • Individual seats with power outlets
  • Individual seats (no power outlets)

To access the building, affiliates will need to use their valid BuffOne card. It is our expectation that everyone comply with city and campus public health guidelines, including maintaining distance and wearing a mask, for the entirety of their visit. For more details, and to reserve a time, visit our Individual Study Seat Reservations pags.

Contactless Hold Pickup at Norlin Library

The libraries will provide contactless libraries materials pickup for CU Boulder affiliates (students, staff, faculty) beginning July 21. Affiliates may begin placing holds, up to 10 at the time, on July 15 [guidance on how to place a hold in the library catalog]. Once materials are paged, the hold notice received via email will contain a link to place a reservation for a pickup date. Materials will be available on the west porch of Norlin Library. Please follow Boulder and campus health guidelines when picking up materials.

Most materials held at Norlin Library and Gemmill Engineering, Benson Earth Sciences, and the Music Library may be requested.  Materials from the William M. White Business Library currently housed in Gemmill due to construction may also be requested. At this time materials at PASCAL, our off-site storage facility, and some materials from HathiTrust are not available for contactless pickup.

Returning Materials to the Libraries

  • Libraries fines are waived through August 31, 2020 for all items that were not already overdue or billed as of March 1, 2020. 
  • If you have a hotspot on loan from the Libraries and would like to return it, please email to receive directions. Please do not return hotspots to the Libraries' drop boxes. 
  • All Libraries materials due dates will be extended to August 31, 2020 or later for all items that were not already overdue or billed as of March 1, 2020. Individuals are encouraged to keep their materials until August 31, 2020. Libraries materials (except hotspots, see above) may be returned to the drop boxes located at Norlin’s east and west entrances, and at the Gemmill Engineering, Math & Physics Library.

Course Reserves for Summer and Fall 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, course reserves materials for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters must be available to students online. Instructors may place physical materials on course reserve, but an online version must also be made available. Libraries personnel can help instructors locate digital versions of materials, and may digitize physical materials held in the Libraries’ collections or provided by instructors. Details, resources and contact information for assistance are provided on our Course Reserves webpage.

Remote Access to Libraries Collections

Until further notice:

The Libraries are licensing as much digital content as possible to meet the resource needs of CU Boulder educators, students and researchers. See the Off-Campus Access page for more information. Contact Ask a Librarian or your subject specialist for help.

Remote Research Assistance: Services & Resources

Ask a Librarian services are now available online only. Chat, text, email and schedule a virtual consultation during our service hours

We offer numerous resources to support your teaching and learning, such as our research strategies pagessubject guides, and our new COVID-19 Research Resources Guide.


The Libraries offer personal research consultations to help refine and focus research topics, develop successful search strategies and identify appropriate sources for academic research projects and assignments. These offerings will transition to virtual and remote meetings as of March 11, 2020. Individuals will receive instructions and details for connecting virtually when we receive their requests via the Research Consultation page.

Support for Teaching

  • The Rights Issues, Copyright & Remote Courses guide aims to proactively address questions concerning copyright and teaching online.
  • During Summer and Fall 2020, we will accept requests for research seminars. We will process and fulfill these requests as we are able. All offerings will be delivered virtually with Zoom or through digital research guides. Please email with any questions.
  • Please email with questions or inquiries about remote options for learning. We encourage you to explore the research strategies pages, subject guides and additional learning resources available from the Libraries’ website.

Norlin Commons Desk Closure

The Norlin Library Commons and Commons service desk are closed. 

Writing Center

All Writing Center sessions will be conducted remotely effective immediately. The Norlin Library Writing Center location (Room E111) is closed.

The Writing Center website provides procedures, resources and FAQs for remote consulting.

Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room in Norlin Library is closed. Please contact with questions regarding Special Collections & Archives collections and services. 

Please note that no photocopy, PDF, or digital reproduction orders will be fulfilled during this time. Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation may also take longer than usual to reply to email reference requests submitted to


Please consult the Libraries Events Calendar for the current status of events (e.g., canceled, postponed, offered virtually). 

Student Libraries Advisory Board (SLAB) Meetings

All remaining SLAB meetings this semester will be canceled. Our thanks to all students who participated this semester! 

Library Materials Vendors and Suppliers

Vendors and suppliers: Please contact for all communications and questions related to invoices, payments, and shipments.