Kylie Bailin, director of outreach and access services, Skillman Library
“The access services team of the libraries has been working throughout the start of the pandemic to keep our services accessible no matter what the restrictions. Now that we are looking towards a more normal fall, our planning has been a little easier.
Earlier this summer, we moved all the furniture back so we will have normal capacity seating available and reservations will no longer be required to enter Skillman or Kirby. After getting feedback from students, we will keep the reservation system for the study rooms but now also the Rothkopf quiet study room.
We’re finding innovative uses for our Plexiglas and turning some into whiteboards. If you like them, please let us know and we’ll add more. We also heard that students (and faculty & staff) loved the curbside pickup so we’re keeping that but instead of items being held outside, they’ll now be at the circulation desk—just click on ‘hold request’ on our website, and we’ll do the rest. In more good news, we are extending loan periods for browsing books from one month to a semester, and we have gotten rid of late fines on all items. But most of all we are looking forward to seeing Skillman crowded with students again!”