Spring 2021 Services Please read this announcement for information on services, hours, and more for the spring 2021 semester. Read more about this announcement

Library Services Update for Fall 2020

Using the Tyler Libraries

Beginning on Monday, August 10, 2020, the Tyler Libraries will be opening with limited capacity for the fall semester. Students are asked to limit library visits to essential academic business to maintain space for those in need of devices and individual work space. All library users will be required to adhere to the following:

All students, faculty and staff must sign in when entering the library. Community members and guests may not use the library at this time.

Students, faculty and staff should not come to campus or to the library if they can answer YES to any of the following questions.

  • Am I sick?
  • Do I have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
  • Have I been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results?
  • Have I recently tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have I been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have I returned from international travel within the last 14 days?

By entering the library, users attest that they can say no to all of the above questions.


  • All users must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during the entire time in the library.
  • Library team members will also wear masks while on campus.
  • Medical masks and/or cloth face coverings are acceptable.
  • If a user is not wearing a mask, a disposable mask will be provided by the college, and the user must immediately begin wearing it.
  • Any user who refuses to wear a mask must immediately leave the library.
  • The college may grant exceptions to individuals who have a health condition in which a face covering would pose a danger. Requests for such an exception must be made, in writing, to the Dean of Students at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before coming to campus. Additional documentation may be required for the review. The Dean of Students will provide, in writing, a final decision on the request. Users can show the documentation to library staff for admittance to the library.

Library Hours*

Fall 2020 Hours (Beginning August 24, 2020)

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday: Closed

Beginning Friday, December 11, 2020, the Tyler Libraries will be closed to the public until Friday, January 15, 2021. Library services will be available online for services beginning December 11 - January 15, 2021 (no online services December 22 - January 3).

Fall 2020 Holiday Closures

  • Election Day Tuesday, November 2, 2020
  • Thanksgiving November 25-29, 2020
  • Winter Break December 22, 2020 - January 3, 2021
  • *subject to change without notice.

    Library Services

    Research Assistance

    Due to social distancing, the Tyler Libraries’ staff will be available during operating hours to answer questions remotely. On-campus services will include book retrieval from library stacks and contactless pick up of those materials.

    Research help for topics, search skills, and using various resources will be directed to the Tyler Libraries’ Ask-a-Librarian service to connect with the librarians online.

    Books and Resources


    The Tyler Libraries’ stacks will be closed to students.  Library staff will retrieve books from the library stacks for contactless pick-up from the designated location in each campus library. You can request books online and pick-up from the Tyler Libraries.  For more information, visit our Finding Books page.

    Book returns should be placed in the outdoor book drops or designated return locations at each campus library. It may take up to 10 days for items to be removed from your library account.  Fines and fees will not accrue during this time.

    Other Resources

    The Tyler Libraries maintain a large online collection of ebooks, articles (both scholarly and popular), and other resources to assist with research and course needs. Visit the Libraries’ A to Z List of Databases to see all of our online offerings.

    Interlibrary loan is available for electronic titles not currently available in the Tyler Libraries’ collections. Physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.) are not available through ILL at this time. To place an ILL request, please use the form below.

    Textbook Bank and other reserve materials

    The Textbook bank will be available for check out; however, due to safety precautions, materials may not be available for up to 7 days after return.

    Anatomy models are not available at this time; however, students have access to Gale Interactive Human Anatomy to replace physical models.

    Technology Assistance

    Remote technology help

    Due to social distancing guidelines, technology help will be offered remotely for general assistance.  Library staff will not be able to assist users with personal computers. Issues with college-owned devices will require a contactless drop-off for repairs/updates.  Students will be contacted to schedule an appointment for a contactless pick-up once repairs are completed.

    Library Computers and Devices

    Technology Loans

    Fall 2020 Laptop Borrowers: Laptop Loan Update
    Please return your laptop & charger after your final exams end. All library laptops need to be prepared & reimaged for the Spring 2021 semester.  If your fall 2020 laptop is not returned for updates, technical issues will occur with resource such as Office, Respondus, and other learning applications.

    If you are taking Spring classes, you are welcome to borrow an updated device when you return your current loan (while supplies last). If no laptops are available at the time of your return of the fall laptop, you can add your name to our waitlist to borrow a laptop after January 6, 2020.

    If you do not enroll in Spring classes, you will be asked to return your laptop. We cannot guarantee you will be ‘re-loaned’ the same device the following semester.

    How to Return:

    • Before Friday, December 11, 2020, please return your laptop to the Library (H202 at Midlothian, M216 at Chester) Monday-Thursday 9AM-3:30PM.
    • On or after Friday, December 11, 2020, please return bins will be set up near the Security Desk in the Administration Building (Midlo) or Moyar Hall (Chester). Please remember that both campuses close on December 21, 2020 for the holiday break.

    The Tyler Libraries can loan students devices to help complete course work. Students in need of technology should visit the Libraries’ Technology Loans page for more information on borrowing. 

    Students are encouraged to borrow a device to limit the need to visit the libraries for computer use.

    Printing and Scanning

    Printing and scanning services will be available at each campus library; however, staff members are unable to assist with extensive printing needs. Instructions on how to print and scan using library equipment will be provided to users.

    Study Spaces

    Individual Study

    The Tyler Libraries will have limited individual study space available to students only. Students will sign in at the front desk and be directed to the area they are assigned.

    Group study is not permitted at this time.

    Study Rooms

    Study rooms are not available at this time.

    Other Policies

    Food and Drink

    No food or drinks will be allowed in the libraries at this time.