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COVID-19: Continuity of Library Services

Last update March 24, 2020 5:00 PM

Classes are online and so are we! All library buildings are closed until further notice. All library staff are working off-site, with no access to archives, physical book collections or other materials. Library services continue to be available online. We’re here to help.

Support for Teaching and Learning

Research Help

Circulation and Course Reserves

Interlibrary Loan

Connecting with the University Libraries Community

Support for Teaching and Learning

  • Librarians are available to support students and instructors in online courses.  See details for a complete description of instructional services.
  • Extended equipment loans are still available on the Lake Shore and Health Science campuses through March 27. Visit Digital Media Services or contact digitalmediaservices@luc.edu for locations and details.

Research Help

  • Submit questions via email
  • Schedule a Zoom appointment to meet with a librarian
  • Online chat with Loyola University Chicago Library staff (24 hours)
    • Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 10:00pm
    • Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
    • Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm
    • Online chat for all other hours is covered by library staff at partner institutions. These librarians will be able to provide research support and help you access our online resources, but may not be familiar with questions that are specific to our library.
  • University archivists do not have access to physical collections, but they will do their best to assist you.
    • Questions about University Archives & Special Collections or the Congressional Archives can be submitted using this form.
    • The Women and Leadership Archives may be contacted at WLArchives@luc.edu.
  • Anyone needing assistance with Federal or State of Illinois government information should contact Geoff Swindells, gswindells@luc.edu.
  • Questions about instruction and research support should contact Niamh McGuigan, nmcguigan@luc.edu.

Circulation and Course Reserves

  • All due dates for books will be extended to the following:
    • For students and staff, through June 13
    • For faculty, through September 16
    • Additional extensions will be made if necessary
  • Library and Interlibrary Loan books do not need to be returned at this time.  If you wish to return your books, they can be deposited in the return bins outside Cudahy Library.
  • Please do not mail books to the library.
  • We will not be charging overdue fines and will waive recent fines.
  • Home delivery of books is suspended. 
  • If you have print items on course reserve that your students need to access remotely, we will attempt to acquire an online version.
  • Questions about book circulation and course reserves can be directed to cud-circ@luc.edu or LewisLib@luc.edu.

Interlibrary Loan

  • We are no longer able to request books and other physical items through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Requests for articles and single chapters from books are still accepted, but some requests may not be filled, as all academic libraries are operating with limited staffing and resources.
  • Questions about ILL can be directed to lib-ill@luc.edu.

Connecting with the University Libraries Community

  • Events: In-person gatherings have been canceled as we transition to online engagement. Check our Libraries calendar soon for updates on online events.
  • Social media: Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Loyola University Chicago's Coronavirus Information Page