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COVID-19 Info & Support

What to expect visiting UW Libraries facilities

UW Libraries continues to ensure we’re doing all we can to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the university community. All libraries' visitors are expected to adhere to all Campus COVID-19 policies and guidelines. Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our guiding principle. 

While in the Libraries facilities, please adhere to the following: 

  • Face coverings or masks covering both the nose and mouth are required in all UW Libraries facilities where 6-foot social distancing isn't possible
  • Obey all signage for room/elevator capacities
  • Practice good personal hygiene (i.e. washing hands frequently)


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Social Distancing


Face Coverings

Social distancing of at least six feet is recommended for individuals who are not vaccinated.


Face coverings or masks covering both the nose and mouth are required in all UW Libraries facilities where 6-foot social distancing isn't possible. Virtual Services remain available

Virtual Services

Research and instructional support are offered remotely and in person. Please consult our virtual service offerings for more information for support for students, faculty/staff, and public patrons.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation of Libraries facilities are subject to change at any time due to changes set by UW Administration. Please check our libraries hours for the most up-to-date information.

Facilities/Branches Information 

Brinkerhoff Geology Library & Learning Resource Center: The Brinkerhoff Geology and Learning Resource Center (LRC) branch libraries are open for normal semester operations. We encourage library users to use "Hold for Me" to request materials from both branches to be delivered to Coe Library for pickup.

Library Annex: The Library Annex is closed to the public. Library users may use "Hold for Me" to request that Annex materials be delivered to Coe Library for pickup.

Herbarium Library: The Rocky Mountain Herbarium is open for normal semester operations. Library users may request access to the collections via the curator.

Chisum Special Collections: Special Collections is open for normal semester operations. Contact Chisum Special Collections at (307) 766-2027 for more information.

Digital Collections: Digital collections are accessible online. For support, contact Digital Collections at (307) 766-4264.

Creation Spaces: Coe Student Innovation Center (CSIC), One Button Studio, and Studio Coe are open and accessible to the UW community. 

Study rooms and meeting rooms: Study rooms and meeting rooms are now available for reservation in Libraries’ facilities. Capacities are subject to change at the direction of orders from the Wyoming Department of Health or University administration.

Facility partner information:

  • Book & Bean is closed for the spring 2022 semester. Rolling Mill (located in the Wyoming Union) and Rendezvous (located in Ross Hall) both serve coffee and pastries. UW community members are encouraged to pre-order food and drinks with the UWYo Eats App for other dining facilities open on campus.
  • Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning (ECTL) offers several remote and online teaching resources.
  • The IT Coe Computer Lab will be operating its hours in conjunction with Coe Library. Check their hours for the most up-to-date information.
  • STEP Tutoring will be offering in-person tutoring by appointment only and online support.
  • UW Writing Center will offer some in-person support and online appointments.

Checking out and returning materials

In-person service is available for checking out physical materials at the Coe Help Desk. There are contactless self-checkout stations also near the Coe Help Desk. For high-risk patrons, we encourage the use of our Hold for Me service and linked patron representatives to pick up materials from Coe Library.

Materials can be returned to Coe Library at the book drop at the Coe Help Desk, or the external book drop at 14th and Ivinson. We are quarantining all books upon return. Please allow at least three days for items to be checked-in and removed from your library account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Prospector are operational but these services depend on the availability of materials on loan from other libraries and may be subject to change at any time. 

Food and Drink

We ask that patrons limit their consumption of food and beverages in Libraries spaces during this time. Additionally, we strongly discourage food delivery. 

Safety Protocols

UW custodial staff will be sanitizing surfaces within the buildings several times a day to promote safety. Hand sanitizer, single-use masks, and disinfectant wipes will be readily available for patrons to protect themselves, and masks and social distancing are being enforced. Occupancy limits have been set by UW Operations for elevators, large meeting rooms, and classrooms to ensure proper social distancing.

UW Libraries has removed and relocated furniture to ensure social distancing in public areas, we ask that patrons not move furniture and chairs for their safety. Because of high-touch use, we encourage patrons to bring their own refillable water bottle and use the water refill stations available on Coe Level 2 and 5. Signage is set indicating alternate elevators, staircases, restrooms, handwashing, and water refill stations. An additional touchless self-checkout station has been installed to encourage contactless checkout of physical materials.

Should it be necessary to implement further safety measures for our staff and patrons, please visit this page for more information and look for additional instructional signage in our facilities.

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