COVID-19 and Library Services

The Pacific University Libraries are a central hub for academic support, study, and community at Pacific. As both a core partner in teaching and learning activities at Pacific and a prominent public space on campus, the Libraries have a unique responsibility both to maintain support for student learning and to safeguard community health. The safety and well-being of our patrons and employees is our utmost priority.

In order to align with public health recommendations for social distancing and to minimize the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the Pacific community and within Libraries faculty, staff, and student workers, the following measures are in place, effective Tuesday, March 17. These measures not only protect our local community; they are also a vital contribution to larger national and global efforts to ‘flatten the curve‘ of disease transmission and make sure that our healthcare services have the capacity to serve all who are in need.

We appreciate your understanding and grace as we navigate this new learning environment together. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you!

This site will be updated as needed to reflect current service levels.

Library Access

  • All library locations will close starting Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed indefinitely, with the following exceptions:
    • The 24-hour study space and computer classroom in the Tran Library will remain available to Boxer Card ID holders.
  • Library staff will not be available for in-person assistance in either the Tran Library or the Hillsboro Campus Library, but virtual/online assistance is available as noted below.

Available resources and services during the closure

The following resources and services will be available:

The following will not be available:

  • On-site use of physical collections.
  • Summit or Interlibrary Services requesting/borrowing of physical materials at all campus locations, as well as for distance learners.
  • Scanning and delivery of materials from library physical collections (with certain faculty-initiated exceptions for course reserves).
  • On-site use of Archives & Special Collections.
  • In-person research consultations or library instruction.
  • In-person individual tutoring appointments or group tutoring sessions from CLASS.
  • Use of small-group/individual study rooms in the Tran Library or the Hillsboro Campus Library.
  • Circulation of laptops in the Hillsboro Campus Library.
  • Use of the Boxer Makerspace in the Tran Library.

Course reserves

    • Because not all students will remain on campus and have access to physical reserves, the Libraries recommend that faculty consider alternative reading requirements. Or, as needed, consult with library staff to determine how best to provide access to critical physical course reserve resources during online course instruction. Faculty should contact a liaison librarian or for assistance.

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