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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Library Service Hours
The library has the following regular hours for the Fall 2021 semester starting Monday, August 23. See our Holiday & Special Hours for more information on planned changes to come. Check back regularly as hours may also change due to COVID.
Chat Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Building Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Library Policies
At this time, visitors are allowed on campus, including the library. Visitor access to computers, printing and photocopying remain unavailable until further notice. This policy is in place until further notice.
Per IU-wide policy, masks will continue to be required indoors by everyone, regardless of vaccination status, starting August 5.
Sanitation stations will be provided in various places of the library. Some computers have been removed, and furniture spaced apart, to encourage social distancing. However, it is each patron’s responsibility to maintain proper cleanliness and social distancing during the library’s open hours.
Vaccine FAQs
Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of IU's COVID-19 response team leaders, has created a playlist of videos to answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, Indiana University has a COVID-19 Vaccine page dedicated to the topic's impact on Indiana University students, faculty and staff. Our campus has an additional Fall 2021 Information page for campus and vaccine FAQs.
Research and Reference Services
The Public Service Desk is available to assist with basic research and reference questions during library open hours in-person and by phone.
Chat and texting assistance is available Mondays – Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In-depth reference and research assistance requires scheduling a research consultation. Research consultations must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the desired date and time.
Email via Ask a Librarian remains an option. 
24/7 Online Resources
For faculty, we have created a Virtual Library for Faculty LibGuide with resources and essential information to assist during this time of online classes and scholarship. Please check the LibGuide regularly for new information.
We also have a variety of library guides that cover how to use specific databaseshelpful resources by subject, and other topics such as how to use citation styles for papers. 
Access to Collections 
Starting with the August 2 return to campus, the library reopened our physical collection to direct access.
Electronic reference/retrieval of Calumet Regional Archives materials and information will be instituted to meet requests as much as possible. Physical access to the Archives will be by appointment only, limited to only two IU-affiliated researchers at a time. Users will be required to socially distance, and wear a mask and white cotton gloves. Please contact Scott Sandberg at 219-980-6928 and/or email for questions or to set up an appointment. Information about the Archives' holdings is also available on the Archives' web-site
Senior University
The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) is offering a variety of remote learning opportunities through its Senior University program. Face-to-face sessions will resume once it is determined to be safe for all involved. Contact CURE by email or by phone at 219-980-6907 with any further questions.
Study Rooms
Study rooms, including Student Collaborative rooms, are available for check out at the public service desk. Cleanliness and sanitation of these rooms is the responsibility of each student using them during the day.
While the study rooms are available, the library still encourages students to use Zoom if able to minimize the chances of COVID spread.
More Information
IU Northwest Library encourages all users and staff to review and follow the guidance and information provided by IU’s coronavirus webpage.
Further information on updates for various IU Northwest departments and services can be found on the campus updates page.
Should you have questions about library services, please contact Scott Hudnall, Coordinator of Reference Services and Emerging Technologies.
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