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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. We’ve installed glass barriers at our Coe Library Help Desk and other service points throughout our facilities. Social distancing markers and traffic flow signage for entering/exiting are in place. Computers and seating are available, but fewer than usual due to social distancing.

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. The libraries' spaces have been re-envisioned to provide a safe experience for learning. 

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

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, the university recommends social distancing and wearing a face covering or mask that covers both nose and mouth
  • Obey all signages 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.


It is recommended that visitors and employees who are not fully vaccinated or are in situations where social distancing can't be maintained wear face coverings while in the Libraries. Virtual Services remain available

Virtual Services

Research and instructional support are still offered primarily remotely. 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 will have limited hours or be closed during summer 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 available by appointment only. Library users may request access to the collections via the curator.

Chisum Special Collections: Special Collections will be by appointment only. 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 will all be open and accessible to the UW community, but with limited capacities. Studio Coe will continue to operate a virtual help desk, and several virtual programs and workshops will be offered throughout the year from both CSIC and Studio Coe.

Study rooms and meeting rooms: Study rooms and meeting rooms are now available for reservation in Libraries’ facilities. In conjunction with the UW Summer Campus plan, room capacities are set to 50 percent of the total space capacity through at least June 30. Spaces will operate at 100 percent capacity effective July 1. Capacities are subject to change at the direction of orders from the Wyoming Department of Health or University administration.

Facility partner information:

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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