Though MSU Libraries remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are preparing to welcome students this fall, and we are working on changes inside our Library to welcome people safely. Our goal is to reopen to the public August 24. Until then (and after), we will continue to offer virtual services. Many resources remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.
Return to Operations Plan
As the Michigan State University Libraries reopen, the most important consideration will be the health and safety of employees and patrons. The University and the Libraries have taken steps to mitigate risk by altering operations, modifying physical spaces, and increasing cleaning and sanitation measures with the guidance of the university officials as well as federal, state, and local officials, and public health agencies.
While these modifications provide a way for the Libraries to reopen in as safe a manner as possible, risk to employees and patrons cannot be fully mitigated. Employees who can work from home should continue to do so, and patrons should rely on virtual services as much as possible.
This plan is a living document. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, protocols and approaches to health and safety are likely to change. MSU has provided resources and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leadership will monitor University, State, and national guidance from Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS ) and American Library Association (ALA).
This document serves two purposes:
- To explicitly state actions taken to make the Libraries as safe possible for employees, students, and others.
- To provide employees with information and written expectations. All employees are required to review this information before returning to the workplace. A limited number of employees have continued to work throughout the State’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order under the designation of Critical Infrastructure Employees (CIE). Subsequent Executive Orders have identified specific types of employees who can resume work. Due to the nature of their work, CIEs may have requirements that differ from others. This document applies to the entirety of the MSU Libraries with some exceptions for CIEs .
The MSU Libraries do not intend to reopen to the public until August 24, 2020.