When visiting any of our physical library locations strict adherence to preventive measures is required, including the wearing of face coverings and maintaining 6 feet of distance from others in the library at all times. 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.
Safe and Successful Visits to the University Libraries
Welcome back, Lakers! We've missed you. Here's what you need to know to make your visit safe and successful.
Before You Visit
How Busy is the Library?
We have a real-time occupancy service for the Mary Idema Pew Library and the Steelcase Library right here and on the homepage—check to see how busy the library is before you visit.
You can also visit the Current Occupancy page if you want to see how busy the libraries were in the past 24 hours. This can help you plan ahead if you want times with fewer people in the building.
Wear a Mask
GVSU's Face Covering Policy requires that masks be worn indoors on the GVSU campus. Masks must be worn at all times when inside the library - even if you are sitting alone at a work table or alone in a study room!
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. Because the furniture is spaced to accommodate social distancing, please refrain from moving furniture during your visit.
Community Members, Visitors, and Alumni
If you are not a current GVSU student, faculty, or staff member, the University Libraries is still available. Please observe the following when visiting:
- All visitors must complete the GVSU COVID-19 Self Assessment for Visitors before visiting the Libraries. Please get in touch with the library if you have questions about completing the self-assessment.
- When arriving at the Libraries, community members must stop at the service desk and show the green “passed” confirmation on their smartphones or personal devices. Guest computer logins are only available for visitors who complete and pass the self-assessment.
- Community members must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times when in the Libraries.
Study Rooms have lower capacity
Group study rooms are open, limited to physically distanced groups of two.
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. Laptops are not available for loan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lab 002 in the Mary Idema Pew Library is currently closed. The Mary Idema Pew Lab 001 and DEV 127A are open with fewer computers to accommodate social distancing.
Course Reserve, Skeletons, and Study Aids
Items with short check out times are not available at the University Libraries, 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.
Study Space Downtown
Need a place to study downtown? Even if Steelcase Library is not open, the collaborative space in Building A outside the library is open late. Check the facilities website for the hours of DeVos Building A.
Frey Foundation Learning Center at CHS
CHS 490 is open for use, but is not be staffed by the library. Room 290 is closed. Frey is also not a pickup location for book holds or Document Delivery items.
GV Brew Is Closed
GV Brew, the café in the Mary Idema Pew Library, is closed. The Lobby Shop in Kirkhof will remain open.
Focus on Wellness
Campus Recreation can help you focus on wellness - it's especially important right now!
Returned Book Quarantine
Returned books may be quarantined for 4 days before they are checked in, so they may 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.
If you need a book that is showing as checked out, reach out to us via our virtual services, and we can see if it's been returned and in quarantine.
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.
Other Study Space on Campus
If the library is too busy, or you need a quiet place to work or attend a synchronous online class, there is a list of lightly-scheduled classrooms and meeting rooms that are available (if not reserved) for student use as socially-distanced study space or a place to attend a synchronous online class.
Please note: Masks are required in study rooms, even if you are the only person there in accordance with the GVSU Face Covering Policy.
How We Are Keeping You and Our Staff Safe
Increasing Virtual Services
We're available virtually to answer your questions! Email us at email@example.com, 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!
We are quarantining some returned materials for 96 hours (4 days) before checking them in. This means that items may 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, are not available.
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 are working remotely to continue to provide the services, collections, and support you need to succeed!
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing
Our custodial staff cleans throughout the day. Staff focus on frequent cleaning of touch points throughout the day. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized twice per day. Crews wipe down common areas, including tables and furnishings, and also sweep, mop and vacuum. Disinfection equipment and procedures are used following appropriate guidelines.
Visit the Lakers Together website for more information on GVSU's enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization Plan.