The University Libraries places the health and safety of the entire Loyola community first and foremost. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are reintroducing services and reopening buildings in stages. Our plans are based on Loyola University Chicago, federal, state, and city guidelines. The stages below outline the framework we are using in making plans based on differing scenarios.
Actual services and details about them may be found on our Fall 2020 Services page.
Stage 1: Online Services (mid-March-August 24, 2020)
Illinois and Chicago have moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. The University Administration allows some employees to return to campus. Classes are online, and University Libraries employees are still working from home. Planning begins for re-opening.
Stage 2: Minimal Access (here now, see current services)
Illinois and Chicago remain in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The University Administration has given permission for in-person services to resume based on campus guidelines. Some classes are in person, but most classes remain online. The University Libraries are open for limited in-person services.
Stage 3: Increasing Access
Illinois and Chicago are in Phase 5 (or Phase 4 with fewer restrictions). The University Administration has continued to issue guidance on allowing increased overall on-campus access. University Libraries buildings are open for in-person services with required limitations, and Libraries staff may have fewer restrictions on returning to work in buildings.
Stage 4: Full Access
Illinois and Chicago are in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan (or remain in Phase 4 with fewer restrictions). The University Administration has continued to issue guidance on allowing increased overall on-campus access. From the University Libraries standpoint, this stage will include removal of temporary building changes, website changes, and other work to bring services to a “new normal” state.
Stage 5: Resuming Full Services
Illinois and Chicago are in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. University Administration has issued guidance on resuming operations at a pre-pandemic level. From the University Libraries standpoint, this stage will include a resumption of full in-person services.