LAKERS TOGETHER: Find out how we're moving forward. Learn about campus safety measures including testing, face coverings and vaccines.
Here's what you need to know before visiting the
University Libraries. We also provide support online for GVSU
students, faculty, and staff through our online services.
Some library systems will be offline from June 24th until June 29th for software upgrades. Physical materials can be searched at https://www.gvsu.edu/library/findbooks. Requesting, and checking out physical materials will not be available at that time, although articles, e-books, e-journals, and streaming videos will continue to be available. Learn more about the Library Services Platform Migration.
Visiting the University Libraries
Welcome, Lakers! 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 individual study or physically distanced groups of two or three.
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 currently available for loan.
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.
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.
GV Brew Is Closed
GV Brew, the café in the Mary Idema Pew Library, is closed. The Lobby Shop in Kirkhof is open.
Focus on Wellness
Campus Recreation can help you focus on wellness - it's especially important right now!
How We Are Keeping You and Our Staff Safe
Increasing Virtual Services
We're available virtually to answer your questions! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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.