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The URI Libraries in Summer 2021
Guide to available services in at the URI Libraries during Coronavirus precautions
Library Services in Summer 2021
Here is a basic primer to library services on all three campuses, focusing on alterations in services in reaction to COVID-19. We are folowing State and University guidelines in moving back toward "full opening and services." As always, we will do our best to support URI students, faculty, and staff during this challenging time. Please contact us if you experience any difficulties as you work or research.
Have suggestions or comments on services during the crisis? We want to hear from you!
All branches are now open to RI residents!
Are the University Libraries Open?
We are restoring as many services as we can during June 2021 (see below for details). Should you have additional questions regarding the use of the library, please visit the libraries' website for contact information, changes to hours of operation, and resources available.
The current hours of operation of the three branches and specific services can be found on the Library Hours Page.
Individual offices and resources may not be open all hours.
Distinctive Collections, Makerspace, and AI Lab available by appointment only.
Digital Collections are completely accessible.
Library COVID-related Behavior Expectations
As we move back towards full opening, we must insist that all visitors to the Library branches follow the expectations laid out in the Student Handbook. Most restrictions apply to people who have not been fully vaccinated. While we strive to be welcoming spaces, for the safety at all, violations will not be tolerated. The expectations include:
Service Availability
Normal services have resumed, except:
1. Research Help
Research help is available (click here to start chat):
Monday - Thursday -- 11am-3pm.
You can still email us at urilibrarian@gmail.com. Please allow 1-2 business day for an email response.
2. Finding Articles, Journals, and Magazines
Almost all of the Libraries’ holdings of journals and magazines published since 2000 - and many before that date - can be accessed online using the search tools in the Articles & Databases link on the Libraries' website, and using the URI Libraries Search to look for specific periodicals or articles.
If you use Google Scholar, see the instructions for connecting Google Scholar to the URI Libraries.
3. Access from Off-Campus
If you are studying off-campus, and you connect to resources via the Libraries home page, you will automatically be connected to materials via our proxy server, which authenticates you as a URI student, faculty, or staff member. See https://uri.libguides.com/circulation/ezproxy for more information. 
If a paywalled online information resource is set up to work with URI's proxy server, you can add https://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url= before the URL to gain access, for example https://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896841120300469​.
4. Information Literacy Instruction for Online Classes
If your class could benefit from a librarian-led information literacy session, we can deliver sessions remotely. Contact Prof. Mary MacDonald, Information Literacy Librarian, at marymac@uri.edu for more information.
Group Study Room -- replacement options
We know that students value the group study rooms as a place to interact with fellow students. Out of concern for student safety, we obviously cannot allow you to use the rooms at this time. However, there are online alternatives. Your campus Gmail accounts have Meet as an option -- video conferencing software for small groups. Additionally, the University offers access to Microsoft 365 which includes Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams, both of which help with distance collaboration for small and larger groups.
The Library does not directly support these tools, so, if you have questions about their use, please contact the IT Service Desk at (401) 874-HELP,  helpdesk@uri.edu, or meet with them online during their regular business hours via their website, linked below.
IT Service Desk
Need help?
Click on the black arrow to open the chat in a new window.

If we're not online, please email us at urilibrarian@gmail.com. Please allow 1 business day for a response.
Contact Us
We will be adding to this page frequently as the situation changes, and as we develop better systems for providing you access to the materials you need for your research and studies. If you have suggestions, feel free to email us directly at urilibrarian@gmail.com.
Last Updated: May 24, 2021 11:24 AM
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