Published February 1, 2021
To protect the health and safety of the UB community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Libraries are making several changes in response to feedback received from faculty, staff and students.
The libraries are piloting a new swipe card-access system during the spring semester. The swipe-card system, located at the entrances of Lockwood and Abbott libraries, requires patrons to use their personal UB Card to enter. Silverman Library is employing a check-in system requiring all patrons to show their UB Card at the third floor Library Services Desk.
To reduce traffic and promote physical distancing in library facilities, the University Libraries is introducing a new locker system, allowing faculty, staff and students to pick up materials requested through the Delivery+ service without physically entering a library building.
During the spring semester, pick-up lockers are being installed near the second floor entrance to Lockwood, with a second location planned for the South Campus. Patrons also have the option of picking up items in Lockwood or Abbott libraries, or having library items delivered to homes, offices and residence halls.
“The libraries are committed to protecting the health and safety of the UB community while remaining focused on our academic, research and community service mission,” says Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, vice provost for University Libraries. “Ensuring the safety of the entire campus community is paramount as we evolve our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and implement our plans for the spring semester.”
Materials may be returned to any SUNY library statewide or at any of the following UB library drop box locations:
The libraries will continue to follow UB Health Guidelines, including requiring face coverings at all times and promoting socially distant studying. Updates on the libraries COVID-19 policies are available online.