CU Boulder students, staff and faculty may reserve individual study seats in Norlin Commons during open hours. Contactless Hold Pickup and other remote library services continue (service hours). All events are being held virtually until further notice. Please see the Campus Events calendar.
For general questions, contact our Ask a Librarian service.
The University Libraries are hard at work doing everything we can to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all. We are here virtually and in-person to support you and your academic needs. This page is updated regularly and serves as your go-to source for COVID-19 related library information. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continually evaluate our services in relation to COVID-19.
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CU Boulder students, staff and faculty can make an appointment for contactless hold pickup
Contactless Hold Pickup at Norlin Library
We provide contactless holds pickup for CU Boulder affiliates (students, staff, faculty). Affiliates may place up to 10 holds at a time through the library catalog [guidance on how to place a hold in the library catalog]. Once materials are paged (approximately two business days), you'll receive an email with a link to reserve a pickup date. Registration for contactless pickup closes twelve hours in advance of the pickup window. Materials are made available on the west porch of Norlin Library; effective January 19, the pickup location will be the Norlin Library East Entrance Lobby (near the Sundial Plaza). Please follow Boulder and campus health guidelines when picking up materials.
Most circulating materials in the Libraries' print collections may be requested. At this time, some materials from HathiTrust are not available for contactless pickup.
Course reserves materials for the Spring 2021 semester 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.
Individual Study Seat Reservations
During academic terms, CU Boulder affiliates may reserve individual study seats in some library locations during open hours. Except for print job pickups, individual study seat reservations are required in library spaces. To access library spaces, affiliates will need to use their valid Buff OneCard. For more details, and to reserve a time, visit our Individual Study Seat Reservations page.
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.
Printing and Scanning in the Libraries
For walk-up printing, no seat reservations are required. During open hours, print jobs may be retrieved from Norlin Library (enter through the East / Sundial entrance). A scanner is also available. Access the buildings via BuffOne Card. Find details, including information about contactless printing, via OIT Student Printing and Scanning.
Returning Materials to the Libraries
- Materials (except hotspots, see below) may be returned to any of our three on-campus drop boxes located at Norlin’s east and west entrance and at the Gemmill Engineering, Math & Physics Library. (More information about return locations)
- In keeping with CDC recommendations, returned materials are quarantined for four days prior to being checked in.
- You may renew online via My Account. Contact us at email@example.com with questions or if you experience difficulty in renewing items.
- If you have a hotspot on loan from the Libraries and would like to return it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive directions. Please do not return hotspots to the Libraries' drop boxes.
Remote Access to Libraries Collections
The Libraries are licensing as much digital content as possible to meet the resource needs of CU Boulder students, educators and researchers.
- Interlibrary Loan is available to request electronic books and articles.
- The Libraries have suspended all mailing, lending, or borrowing of physical items from other libraries.
- Most Digital Media Services are suspended. Contact us at email@example.com for assistance with streaming media requests.
- For additional information about accessing collections and resources electronically, please see the Off-Campus Access page.
Remote Research Assistance
You may also schedule a personalized research consultation with a librarian to help refine and focus your research topic, develop successful search strategies and identify appropriate sources for academic research projects and assignments. You will receive instructions and details for connecting virtually after we receive your request.
Support for Teaching
- During Spring 2021, we will accept requests for remote 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.
- For information about remote options for learning, or to pose any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to explore the research strategies pages, subject guides and additional learning resources available from the Libraries’ website.
Classrooms in Norlin Library
During the in-person instruction period, Norlin Library will be open for scheduled classroom instruction. Access Norlin classroom spaces through the East entrance from the Sundial Plaza, using your BuffOne Card. Classrooms are located in the Norlin Commons in room E113; and on the second floor in rooms E206; E230 and E240 (Research Area); E260 and S280 (Asian Studies Stacks Reading Room). [Details about classroom technology]
Access to Norlin Library Services & Facilities
Special Collections & Archives Reading Room
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.
Norlin Commons Partners
The Norlin Library Writing Center (Room E111) and the BuffTechs at Norlin Commons are closed.
All Writing Center sessions will be conducted remotely. The Writing Center website provides procedures, resources and FAQs for remote consulting.
BuffTechs are providing walk-in assistance at their CASE location by appointment only.
Technology Lending for Students with Demonstrated Need
The Libraries are working with OIT, Property Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) to identify students with demonstrated financial need who do not have computers and wifi hotspots to complete their academic responsibilities. A limited number of refurbished computers and wifi hotspots are available through this joint program. Faculty or staff may submit a laptop/hotspot request on behalf of a student who lacks resources for such hardware.
Library Materials Vendors and Suppliers
Vendors and suppliers: Please contact email@example.com for all communications and questions related to invoices, payments, and shipments.