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.
- In addition:
- 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.
- Course Reserves will resume 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.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries has partnered with UC Student Government to create a Prayer and Meditation Space in the Walter C. Langsam Library.
Located in room 451, the Prayer and Meditation Space is available for use 24/7 on a first-come basis, no reservations required. Use of the space is for quiet meditation, prayer or silent reflection. Please do not use this room as a lounge, study room or meeting room.
Join us Monday, June 18, from 1-2pm in G005G of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library for the Dr. Stanley B. Troup Learning Space Grand Opening. Librarians and informationists will give demos of the space. They will show how the technology is integrated into the classroom and transforms the way they provide library instruction. All are welcome, so bring a colleague.
In May 2015, Paula Troup made a donation in honor of her late husband, Dr. Stanley B. Troup, former senior vice president and director of the UC Medical Center, to create the learning space that bears his name. For more about the gift and on Dr. Stanley B. Troup, read the Source article online at https://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/words-of-wisdom-live-on-in-newly-named-learning-space/.
Cramming for an exam? Need a safe, quiet place to study?
All three floors of the Walter C. Langsam Library space are open 24/7 Sunday, April 15 through Friday, April 27.
Regular hours will resume Saturday, April 28.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries have contracted with the outside firm RATIO Architects, Inc., on the creation of the Libraries Master Plan. An international architectural firm, Ratio has extensive experience designing for academic libraries including the University of Illinois-Urbana, Purdue University, and Saint Louis University among others. For more on Ratio, visit their website at http://www.ratiodesign.com/.
In creating a long-term vision for library spaces, Ratio Architects will conduct a comprehensive look and needs assessment for library facilities as expressed by employees, users, and other invested parties. The Master Planning process takes 12-18 months, and the final suggestions will span the next 5-15 years. Continue reading
Construction will begin Monday, April 11 to build a Starbucks Cafe on the east wall near the entrance of Langsam Library.
This project is scheduled for completion late August in time to open the beginning of fall semester 2016. During spring exams, April 17-28, construction activity will be limited so that students can continue to study in the library.
The copiers will be relocated on the fourth floor near the existing stand-up kiosks. The reference cubicle will be disassembled and this service will take place in room 451.
Thank you for your patience during construction. The cafe is part of a larger renovation plan already underway in Langsam to make it more inspirational, flexible, dynamic and collaborative, conducive for group and individual work. Read more on past and future Langsam renovation plans.
When users of the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library returned to campus for spring semester, they were greeted with a new entrance to the library. The more accessible and visible entrance is located on the exterior of Braunstein Hall across from the Old Chemistry Building and visible from the quad. It includes a book drop as well as a lounge space adjacent to the new entrance.
Over the next six months there are plans to improve the library’s upper level. First, the service desk and reserves will move across the room to be adjacent to the external entrance. In addition, more lounge and group collaboration spaces will be created, as well as a computing space to support GIS needs.
The new entrance will allow many people to discover, or re-discover, this library, and to make use of its resources.
The renovated learning classroom has been enlarged and features a curved, glass wall for added visibility. New modular furniture and six large display screens connected to a main projection screen allow for flexible and responsive collaboration opportunities. Wireless access provides for seamless connectivity to the Internet with laptops.
The renovations to Langsam 462 are part of a university pilot project to create an active learning classroom. Four UC professors are using and testing the enhanced learning classroom this semester and providing feedback for use in planning similar spaces across campus.
The Bearcat visited the learning classroom recently and gave it two paws up.