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Library Services Planned for Fall

As we look ahead to the start of the new academic year, Northwestern Libraries are actively planning to deliver the full array of academic services and information resources that support learning and research by adapting how we provide help, collections, and access to our facilities to best safeguard the campus community.

  • Online resources and consultations: Just as most classes this fall will be taught remotely, most library services will be accessed online. This includes direct help from librarians via live chat, individual research consultations over Zoom, and 24/7 access to millions of e-books, online journals, databases, and streaming audio and video.
  • Study space by appointment: Most of what the library offers can be delivered online, but the Main Library will be open for individual study space by appointment. There will be a system at Main Library to accommodate graduate students and faculty who would typically have study carrels. Graduate students and faculty will be able to keep books on a personal cart that will be ready anytime they come in for a scheduled appointment. At Mudd Library on North Campus, a walk-in study area will be open that will not require an appointment.
  • Book pickup and scanning: Library stacks in Main Library, Deering Library, and Mudd Library will be closed, but materials from all circulating collections can be requested online via NUsearch and picked up at the Main Library for check-out. The library will also accommodate requests for scans of articles and book chapters. For rare books and archives that do not circulate, individual appointments may be scheduled to view materials in person or via a personalized online consultation.
Further details on these services and offerings will be available closer to the start of the academic year.