The University Libraries buildings are reopening on July 27th. Here's what you need to know to have a safe and successful visit. We continue to provide support online for GVSU students, faculty, and staff through our online services.

Buildings Reopening

On July 27th, the University Libraries will reopen to the GVSU community.  We've missed you! Here's what you need to know to make your visit safe and successful.

Before You Visit

Open to the GVSU Community

Our buildings are currently open to GVSU students, faculty, and staff. Following the guidelines posted by University Administration, members of the public should be on campus only for "essential business, such as prospective students and their families." Computers are currently reserved only for GVSU affiliates.

How Busy is the Library?

We have a real-time occupancy service for the Mary Idema Pew Library - check to see how busy the library is before you visit.

Wear a Mask

Wear a Mask to Protect Yourself and Others

GVSU's Face Covering Policy requires that masks be worn indoors on the GVSU campus. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons should get in touch with Disability Support Resources (DSR).

Seating for Social Distancing

Seating capacity in the Mary Idema Pew and Steelcase Libraries has been reduced to allow for social distancing. 

Study Rooms are Changing

Study Rooms in the Mary Idema Pew and Steelcase libraries will reopen on July 27th, but will be limited to groups of 1-3 people with social distancing. All study rooms on the 2nd floor of the Mary Idema Pew Library will be closed.

Knowledge Market Online

The Knowledge Market has virtual appointments for writing, research, and speech help. You can also browse the Resource Market, a self-service hub of information to help you with your assignments.

Knowledge market online

Computers and Laptops

Some public computers are available on the atrium and floors 1-4 of the Mary Idema Pew Library, but capacity is limited to promote social distancing. Computers are currently reserved for GVSU affiliates only. Steelcase Library will not be loaning laptops, since we cannot quickly sanitize them between uses. We are waiting to hear from the IT Help Desk whether they will loan laptops and chargers in the Fall semester.

Computer Labs

The Computer Labs in the Mary Idema Pew Library Atrium, 001 and 002, as well as the Steelcase Computer Lab DEV 127A, are currently closed. In the Fall, Mary Idema Pew Lab 001 and DEV 127A will reopen with fewer computers to accommodate social distancing.

Course Reserve, Skeletons, and Study Aids

Items with short check out times will not be available at the University Libraries in the Fall semester, due to the inability to sanitize the items quickly between loans. This includes physical course reserve materials, skeletons, portable whiteboards, headphones, phone chargers, whiteboard markers, and other study aids like stress relief items.

Bring Your Own Whiteboard Markers

The University Libraries are not able to provide whiteboard markers or erasers at this time. If you wish to use whiteboards, please bring your own markers and erasers.

Whiteboard Markers

No Payment Options

We currently cannot accept payment for late fines, replacement fees, or payment for equipment services at the Curriculum Materials Library (like poster printing, laminating, etc.) We are working out a safe way to accept payments, but for now CML equipment services are not available.

GV Brew Will Be Back

GV Brew, the café in the Mary Idema Pew Library, will reopen in the Fall semester. Check the Campus Dining website for more details.

Returned Book Quarantine

Returned books will be quarantined for 4 days before they are checked in, so they will still show as checked out for 4 days after you return them (you will not be charged late fines for these days). This quarantine is less labor intensive and less damaging to materials than sanitizing each item individually, with equally effective results.

Books can be returned without coming into the library at the book drop outside the South entrance to Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus or to the book drop in the parking lot outside DeVos Building B/C downtown.

Technology Showcase

The Technology Showcase will return, although the GVSU IT Department has not yet made a decision on whether it will be with regular hours or by appointment only. Check the Technology Showcase website for more details.

Special Collections and University Archives By Appointment Only

The Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House will be available to the GVSU community by appointment only. All researchers are encouraged to send reference questions to

How We Are Keeping You and Our Staff Safe

Increasing Virtual Services

We're available virtually to answer your questions! Email us at, text us at (616) 818-0218, or chat with us online. You can also book virtual appointments with a librarian or visit the Knowledge Market online. You can get help with our self-service help or the Knowledge Market's Resource Market. We're here for you with our online services!

Library Online Services

Returning Books

We will be quarantining returned books for 96 hours (4 days) before checking them in. This means that books will remain on your account for 4 days after you return them, but no late fines will be charged for this time. Quarantining books for 4 days is the most effective and efficient way of ensuring that library materials are safe to loan, according to a recent scientific study. This means that all short-term loan items, like study aids and course reserves, will not be available for Fall semester.

Social Distancing

We are reducing the number of staff on site at each library, and have also reduced the total number of seats in each library to accommodate social distancing. Library faculty and staff who are not on site will be working remotely to continue to provide the services, collections, and support you need to succeed! Campus is opening up for GVSU students, faculty, and staff. Members of the public should come to campus only for "essential business, such as prospective students and their families."

Virtual Tours

We encourage virtual tours of the Mary Idema Pew Library. You can also watch the ASRS from home! (It only moves when a book is requested.)


Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our custodial staff will clean throughout the day. Staff will focus on frequent cleaning of touch points throughout the day. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized twice per day.  Crews will wipe down common areas, including tables and furnishings, and will also sweep, mop and vacuum. Disinfection equipment and procedures will be used following appropriate guidelines. 

Visit the Lakers Together website for more information on GVSU's enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization Plan.