Extensive remote & in person library services and resources are available for the fall semester. This page outlines what’s available and provides details on our re-opening of Skillman and Kirby Libraries. If your question isn’t answered here, please email research help.

Note that while this is our best thinking to date, it is all subject to change.

Skillman building access and hours

  • Skillman reopened on Monday, August 17. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM, Sundays through Thursdays; 10 AM to 5 PM, Fridays and Saturdays (Hours are subject to change.)
  • Access is limited to Lafayette students who have permission to be on campus, faculty and staff. Outside researchers and Friends of the Library should contact the library for assistance rather than visiting in person.
  • Access to Skillman is by keyfob only during hours the library is open. If you need a keyfob, you can request one. If you need access to Skillman in the meantime, call the Circulation Desk (610-330-5151) when you are at the front doors, and a staff member will let you in. More information is available about access to campus facilities via keyfobs.
  • All users must follow specific library guidelines as well as college-wide guidelines for physical distancing and mask-wearing.

Access to electronic resources

Access to physical materials

  • Users who are on campus may retrieve books and DVDs themselves. Materials should be checked out via a new service that enables users to check out books to themselves on their phone or tablet. A touch screen kiosk is available in each library for users who cannot access the app. Watch a video demonstration.
  • Students, faculty, and staff may request that books and other physical library materials be mailed to them either at their home address or through campus mail. Users who would prefer to have items held for them at the circulation desk or if you’d prefer not to enter the library, please email circ@lafayette.edu.
  • Following the latest guidance related to COVID-19 and library collections, all physical books and DVDs are quarantined for 72 hours when they are returned before being checked in and put back in circulation.

Due dates and returns

  • Any Lafayette-owned items not returned by the end of the summer will be automatically renewed; no fines will accrue.
  • All Lafayette-owned books borrowed by students, including browsing books, will be due January 25, 2021. All Lafayette-owned books borrowed by faculty or staff, including browsing books, will be due June 3, 2021. All DVDs will go out for 1 month with unlimited renewals.
  • You may return items to the outside book drop next to the front doors of Skillman at any time.
  • Any users who wish to mail their items back to the library should request a pre-paid mailing label.

 Interlibrary loan and document delivery

  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed for all material types. Due to limited libraries loaning material, response times may be longer for physical loans and document delivery requests.
  • We will also mail physical interlibrary loans to remote patrons’ home address or through campus mail provided they are not restricted to in-library use only. If you would like your ILL request mailed to you, please indicate this in the notes field of your request and include your mailing address. Your item can be mailed to your campus address or to your home address.
  • We are extending our document delivery service to students as well as faculty and staff, which means that users can request that articles and book chapters available only in print format be digitized and sent to them electronically. Use the document delivery link available from the interlibrary loan page to place these requests.

Research help and instructional services

  • Reference and research support will continue to be offered remotely via chat, email, phone, and GoogleMeet/Zoom. Hours for chat reference service are Mondays through Thursdays 10-12pm, 12-5pm and 7-10 pm, & Fridays 10-12pm, 12-5pm.
  • Personalized Research Assistance (PRA) appointments are available and are offered via GoogleMeet/Zoom or phone.
  • Librarians will offer remote instruction for First Year Seminars and all other classes as needed.

Course reserves

  • Physical reserves are longer be available. Electronic books and streaming films have been purchased or licensed to replace materials that would otherwise have been put on reserve.
  • Faculty who would like the library to acquire e-books and films for courses should contact Terese Heidenwolf.

Study spaces

  • Seats have been removed from study areas in Skillman, and the remaining chairs are being arranged six feet apart or more.
  • Occupancy in all study rooms is limited to 1 person per room and masks must be worn inside.
  • Study rooms can still be reserved via the library’s website, but reservations may no longer be made at the PC located at the research help desk.
  • Rooms 205 and 128, the Gendebien Room, and lower level study rooms are unavailable for student study, and will be kept locked.

Public computers

  • Computers and printers for use by members of the Lafayette community are still be available in Skillman.

Kirby Library

  • Kirby reopened on Monday, August 17. Hours are 10 AM to 8 PM, Monday-Thursday and 10 AM to 5 PM Friday, with no weekend hours.
  • Access to Kirby is by keyfob only during hours the library is open. If you need a keyfob, you can request one. If you need access to Kirby in the meantime, call the Circulation Desk (610-330-5399) when you are at the front doors, and a staff member will let you in. More information is available about access to campus facilities via keyfobs.
  • Self checkout services is available to patrons.
  • Chairs have been removed from the reading room tables to accommodate three people per table for a total capacity of twenty three people in the reading room. The reference room in the back is closed.
  • No computer access or printing services is available.

Special Collections & College Archives

  • Special Collections & College Archives is open by appointment Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM to Lafayette students who have permission to be on campus, faculty, and staff. Consultations with staff is also available via Zoom or Google Meet during open hours.
  • Appointments to view materials in the Reading Room must be made at least 24 hours prior to the visit.
  • Faculty interested in virtual instruction sessions for the fall semester are encouraged to reach out to archives@lafayette.edu.
  • Non-Lafayette affiliated researchers who would like to access material from Special Collections & College Archives should also contact archives@lafayette.edu to discuss their needs.

Digital Scholarship Services

  • DSS will be hosting fall training sessions for the web-publishing platforms Omeka S, Scalar, and ArcGIS StoryMaps. During all sessions, participants will have opportunities to learn about applications of these technologies for their research and teaching.
  • DSS will continue to invite proposals from faculty seeking collaborative support for digital scholarship and pedagogy. Information is available on our DSS Collaborative Support Program page.

Student employees

  • Because the library is a source of jobs for many students, student workers will be hired for the fall. For more information, see our student jobs page.

Skillman Cafe

  • Skillman Cafe is not open for food or drink sales.