University Libraries COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates and Resources

This page provides access to relevant information related to our libraries’ operations, our response to COVID-19, changes in hours, and access to online resources for remote users. Last updated March 30, 2020.

Dean's Message

Please read the message from Dean Barbara I. Dewey regarding the University Libraries' response to the Coronavirus.

Changes to Operations

Though all University Libraries locations are closed, librarians and staff are available to help with remote consultations and assistance. Please visit our Hours and Locations page for updates. Our Ask a Librarian team has started a COVID-19 FAQ document to assist users.


Reference, consultation, and assistance

Librarians and staff at all campuses are available for remote reference, consultation, and assistance. Please contact us via Ask a Librarian or the individual Libraries’ listserv.

Due Dates

Please check My Library Account and ILLiad for updated due dates for most materials. Due dates have been extended through May 7 with further extensions likely.

Renewing materials

You can renew many library materials online by logging into My Account. You will see a list of items you have checked out and your options for renewing.

Returning materials

Due dates for all materials have been extended through May 7 with further extensions likely. Please do not return any library materials at this time unless absolutely necessary. Returns will not be processed and will remain on your library account until the library resumes regular operations.

If you must return materials, please return Books and interlibrary loan materials to any Penn State University Libraries' book return.

At University Park, the Pattee/Paterno Library book return is located at the East entrance on Curtin Road. If the Library is closed when you return items, they will be backdated when we open again.

You may also return books by mail to:

Penn State University Libraries
127 Paterno Library, Curtin Rd.
University Park, PA 16802

Laptops, chargers, and other equipment: Again, due dates for all of these items have been extended and these items do not need to be returned until the Libraries reopen. Please do not return these items to a book drop.

Suspended Services

The following services have been suspended:

  • All E-ZBorrow Services
  • Computer Labs in Pattee and Paterno. Please note that Penn State IT will ship laptops to students, faculty, and staff who have no other options and need access to a computer. Laptop requests should be made via the Penn State Mobile Technology form.
  • Online reservations for group study rooms, at all campuses
  • Media Commons and Maker Commons Services including:
    •  3D Printing Lab
    • One-Button Studios
    • Center for Immersive Experiences
    • Virtual Reality Lab in Sidewater Commons
    • Visit the Media Commons website for remote services support and information.
  • Student IT Lab Consultants
  • The Pollock Undergraduate Center will be available but not staffed. Printers will be monitored remotely. IT staff can assist over the phone (814.865.HELP).
  • The IT Service Desk located in the Knowledge Commons 
  • Visit the TLT Student Computing Labs website for information.

Changes to Events

Changes or cancellations to Library events will be available here. For general information, please visit our News and Events page.

Undergraduate Research Workshops

The Libraries has created a poster creation guide and will be offering one-on-one consultations using Microsoft Bookings for students as the following workshops have been cancelled:

  • March 23: Presenting Your Research Poster
  • March 30: Presenting Your Research Poster
  • April 1: Designing and Creating Effective Research Posters

Data Visualization Workshops

The following workshops will be held via Zoom only:

  • March 26: Business Analytics with MS SQL Server & Business Intelligence, hosted by Research Informatics and Publishing, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • April 23: Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Open Access and Copyright Workshops

The following will be held via Zoom only:

  • April 1: Basics of the Open Access Movement, noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • April 1: Introduction to Copyright: What's Protected?, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • April 8: Penn State's Open Access Policy, noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • April 8: Introduction to Copyright: When You Don't Need Permission, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • April 15: Introduction to Copyright: Permission and Who Can Grant It, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Resources for Remote Access to Library Materials

The library offers a number of remote resources for our users. Our goal is to provide you with the resources, expertise, and services you need to do your work, with as little disruption as possible.

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