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OSU-Tulsa Library adopts new hours and procedures to continue service safely and effectively

Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The OSU-Tulsa Library is implementing measures to keep people as safe as possible while maintaining access to a variety of resources and services during the Fall 2020 semester.

“While the library has made changes, what hasn't changed is our willingness to help students, faculty and staff find appropriate resources,” OSU-Tulsa Library director Lynn Wallace said. “Whether you’re looking to access research material or a recent best seller, we want to make sure we provide our services in a safe and smart manner.”

Social distancing, face masks and aggressive cleaning practices remain key to safety of students, staff and faculty in the OSU-Tulsa Library and anywhere on campus.

Updated Hours

The changes include new hours of operation for the duration of the upcoming semester.

Now through Aug. 14, the library – which is still located in its temporary home next to the Pete and Pat Bartlett Tulsa Room – is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beginning Aug. 15, the library will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, then 8 to 5 on Fridays, and 9 to 5 on Saturdays. Up-to-date information on hours of operation can be found on the library’s hours page.

The building is open to students, staff and faculty. The general public must set up an appointment in advance to access resources.

The library requires anyone entering the building to check in at the service desk with their name and contact information for contact tracing purposes.

As with anywhere on campus this Fall, masks are required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors in the OSU-Tulsa Library. Plexiglas shields are installed at service desks to keep all parties safe during close interactions.

Safety and Social Distancing

Following the recommendations of the Institute of Museums and Library Services, all returning and new items will be quarantined for 72 to 96 hours, depending on the type of material. This practice also applies to items used internally within the library.  No late fees will apply during the quarantine period.

Whenever possible, library staff offers digital scans of book chapters, photos and other printed library materials.

Computer work stations and study areas are socially distanced and are cleaned between uses. Additional campus computers and printers are available to students, staff and faculty in North Hall and Main Hall.

Laptops, tablets, wireless hotspots, cameras, microphones and other equipment remain available for check out of up to 7 days.

The library is also offering many digital and remote services including Zoom reference consultations and digital scanning of book chapters. Library staff continue to offer chat, e-mail, text and web services.

More information and answers to some frequently asked questions about updated hours and procedures can be found at the library’s coronavirus response webpage. Questions about library services and procedures can be asked via email, online chat or by calling 918-594-8130.

The library service desks are shielded with Plexiglas to keep staff, students and faculty safe during close interactions.

Media Contact: Aaron Campbell | 918-594-8046 |