As the university plans for a broad return of students, faculty and staff to campus for fall semester, the Libraries are preparing our facilities, services and access to collections. Following are important things to know as we Return to Campus. Library spaces, services and access may be adapted in accordance with current and changing safety guidelines. Check the Libraries Return to Campus web page for library service updates.
Beginning August 2, most library locations will be open and available for use. The availability of certain services and spaces within each library may vary by location. Hours and specific library location information are listed on the website.
Users are encouraged to maintain social distancing and must follow current university safety protocols outlined on UC’s Public Health Website.
Tables and chairs may not be moved or reconfigured so as to ensure social distancing.
All users are encouraged to clean their table and chair upon leaving. The library advises that all users consider a wipe-down upon arrival to their seating location as well. Cleaning supplies will be provided.
Consumption of food and drink should occur when seated. Please note that some library locations continue to prohibit food and drink.
Public computers and labs located within library facilities will be available with social distancing measurements and cleaning protocols in place.
Library spaces and services may be adapted in accordance with safety guidelines. Visit the Return to Campus website for the latest updates.
Requesting Library Materials
Daily deliveries between libraries have resumed.
All pickup locations are reactivated, which allows users to request UC materials be sent to the University of Cincinnati library location of choice for pick up.
OhioLINK, SWORD and SearchOhio items can be requested.
Access to Print Collections
Service desks and library stacks will re-open at most locations on August 2. This re-opening includes the previously closed floors of the Walter C. Langsam Library and the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library.
The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service ends on August 2.
Regular, pre-pandemic loan rules and borrowing periods have resumed.
Summer semester loans continue through August 31.
Access to Online Library Resources
Beginning August 10, access to licensed online library resources requires user authentication by logging in with a UC username + password and Duo Two Factor authorization.
More information on accessing online licensed library resources and help with troubleshooting problems will be available on the Libraries website.
Need help finding library resources? Can’t remember how to access My Library Record to renew materials checked out? Librarians and staff are available to answer your questions via CHAT, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
Users can also reference the Contact Us webpage to report a website error or to ask a reference or circulation question.
Library Location Information
Detailed facility, service and contact information for specific library locations is available on library web pages.
UC Libraries looks forward to a safe and productive fall semester. More information about UC Libraries, as well as access to the library catalog, is available via the website.
Beginning Monday, August 9, 2021 the Archives and Rare Books (ARB) Library, located on the 8th floor of Blegen Library, will institute new hours:
Monday: Closed to the public
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm, available by appointment
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Monday public closures will allow the ARB staff additional time to process collections and prepare materials for upcoming research appointments.
To schedule an appointment, please contact ARB at email@example.com or (513) 556-1959. For more information about the Archives and Rare Books Library, including access to online exhibits and collections, visit our website.
Want to learn more about issues pertaining to systemic racism in the United States but don’t know where to start? Inspired by the YWCA’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ R.E.S.P.E.C.T. committee developed a 19-Day Self-Education Challenge Against Systemic Racism just for you! Sign up now to watch, read and listen to informative pieces! The challenge is free and open to all.
Scheduled to take place July 6-30, the challenge is divided into four weeks, each with a different theme. There will be weekly, open video-chat discussions every Friday. Details will be e-mailed weekly along with the challenge content.
Week 1: Reparations and Narrowing the Wealth Gap
Week 2: Police Brutality and Reform
Week 3: Equity in Healthcare
Week 4: Equity in Education
Should you agree to accept this challenge, you will learn new information as well as receive an award upon completion of the event for your efforts to learn more about systemic racism and ways to combat it.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team) is a UC Libraries committee charged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the negative role that systemic racism plays in our society.
Currently, UC Health owns the master contract for the UpToDate (UTD) subscriptions. However, the UC Libraries and the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) have been providing funding toward this contract in order to provide the UC Academic Health Center with access to UpToDate. Due to budget constraints at the UC HSL, the UC Academic Health Center’s UpToDate access will come to an end on May 31, 2022.
UC Health and all of its Epic users also have access to UpToDate. UC Health is currently in the process of looking into how their clinical leadership and Epic users will utilize UpToDate after May 31, 2022. An update on the status of UpToDate access for UC Health will be shared on a later date.
If you use UpToDate as a UC Academic Health Center user and you are not a UC Health user, here are two options with similar content but not similar format that you may want to utilize after May 31, 2022.
The HSL is aware that many prefer to use UpToDate, and we regret that the library can no longer afford to provide access at the current or future cost.
Why not cancel other resources and continue to pay for access to UpToDate?
HSL collections serve 4 Medical Campus colleges, plus the broader university community, and we strive to balance support to all 4.
Most journals and e-books are in collections where the content is determined by the vendor, not the library.
Every year we must decide how best to maintain a balanced collection with the budget available.
Decisions on whether to continue access to resources are made based on a long-standing rubric of usage, use restrictions, cost, accessibility, and availability of similar content elsewhere.
Unlike colleges and programs, the number of students enrolled does not result in more funding for UC Libraries.
The Provost annually determines the Libraries’ funding.
The Libraries’ collection budget has been flat for many years, and flat funding does not accommodate annual subscription increases ranging from 3-8%.
The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library remains committed to our mission to connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information, and resources. Please submit any questions you may have about UpToDate or other library resources using this form.
Join us for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Each Other: The Lasting Impact of Juneteenth, an online WebEx event scheduled for Friday, June 18, from 10-11:30 am. Registration and link location are available online.
Juneteenth, also known as African American Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19 to mark the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The University of Cincinnati Libraries RESPECT Group invites you to learn about the history of the Juneteenth holiday and its lasting and impacton United States’ culture and society.
This interactive session will introduce conversations around slavery, racism and modern-day injustices. A prepared presentation will include interviews with formerly enslaved people, videos of culture, music and poetry contrasting the past and present. Come prepared to reflect and share your thoughts and feelings on these topics in this safe space environment. In addition, the program will introduce the newly formed Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team (RESPECT), a UC Libraries committeecharged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the role that systemic racism plays in our society.