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.

Review the GVSU Face Covering Policy

Wear a Mask to Protect Yourself and Others

Make sure to review GVSU's Face Covering Policy to see if and where you are required to wear a mask.


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 following the Face Covering Policy and adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times when in the Libraries.

High-risk populations

We offer most of our services at a distance, such as mailing materials to your home, online resources and services, and virtual help. If you are high-risk and need to come to the library in person, the first hour each library location is open is the best time to visit.

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

The Knowledge Market has in person and 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. Laptops are available for loan beginning Fall semester 2021.

Computer Labs

Library computer labs are open with fewer computers to accommodate social distancing.

GV Brew Closed

GV Brew is currently closed due to staffing shortages. You can find a nearby cafe on the Campus Dining Website.

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.

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, 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

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 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.

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