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  The library is open only to current CSU students, faculty, and staff
You will need to display your CSU ID to library staff to enter the building

Please see our service changes guide and hours schedule for additional information

Library Service Changes


The L. Mendel Rivers Library currently
is operating with
modified services


Please take a look at the changes listed on this page. If your question is not answered here,
please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.



  • The library building will only be open to the CSU community, so be prepared to display your CSU ID to library staff to enter the library.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the library.
  • The library will operate on reduced hours this semester - please see our hours schedule for updates.
  • To maintain a healthy environment, food will not be allowed in the library. Only water will be allowed in the library. We will have to turn you away if you bring in food or other drink.
  • Out of concern for transmitting the virus through surface contact, the library will not provide pens, paper clips, USB keys, scissors, or other high touch items. (The staplers by the printers will still be available, so it is essential for you to practice thorough hand washing after using staplers.)
  • Cleaning materials and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library. Students are expected to disinfect their seating area when finished, as in classrooms.


Books, circulation, and safety

  • To minimize virus transmission on surfaces, when books are returned to library, they will be quarantined for 3 days before being reshelved.  
  • Therefore, there will be no course reserves. Course reserves will be electronically posted to Blackboard.
  • Headphones and calculators will not be circulated this semester.
  • Reference books will be available, so you will still be able to use dictionaries, style guides, commentaries, and other reference materials. Because they are frequently used, reference books will not be quarantined. Be mindful that it is essential for you to practice thorough hand washing after using books.


Reconfigured spaces

  • We have rearranged the study tables and reduced seating to accommodate 6 foot social distancing.
  • The student group study rooms will not be available as there is inadequate space for distancing.
  • Seven (7) study rooms are available on the 2nd floor with priority given to students who need a quiet space to virtually attend an online synchronous class or take an online exam. These will be single-student use only and are available on a first-come/first-served basis.

Services to students

  • We have even more options to connect with you for reference and research help. We upgraded to a robust chat system, and will add personalized “zoom rooms” for you to talk to a reference librarian. You can schedule a research appointment or contact us for more information.

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