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Library Services during COVID-19 Response

Library Services during COVID-19 

 

Library staff are here to help with all of your research and information needs!  Our services will change as Webster University responds to the pandemic. 

 

The library is open to current Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary students, faculty, and staff, as well as Webster and Eden alumni. 

 

Users may browse and check out library materials, request and pick up items (contactless pickup and return of library materials is available in the 1st floor vestibule), and use computers and study spaces. 

Library Hours

Hours are subject to change. Find our current hours.

 

 

Access and Health Protocols

 

  • You must use your Webster University issued photo ID card to enter the library.  You may not enter the building without it. (Call the Webster University Public Safety Office at 314-246-7430 or stop by Public Safety at 572 Garden Avenue if you encounter problems using your card.)

  • A health assessment is no longer required before coming to campus. Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and self-isolate for up to 10 days or until a test determines that the individual is negative for COVID-19. 

  • Eden students, faculty, and staff should follow the instructions for accessing the library provided by Eden personnel. 

  • Enter the library at the first floor, Edgar Road entrance, or the second floor, Quad entrance. Show the attendant either your access verification email which you received after completing the online health self-assessment, or the certificate given to them by Public Safety. (Those with mobility issues will be able to enter either the 1st floor Edgar Road entrance or the 2nd floor entrance near the Quad.)

  • In compliance with St. Louis County mandates, masks are currently required in the library (and elsewhere on campus when indoors), regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Eden students visiting the library will need to contact the Webster Public Safety Office at 246-7430 so that the dispatcher can determine if the student has the new style I.D. card.  If the student does not, the student will need to go to Public Safety.

 

Rooms and Equipment

  • We will make more rooms and equipment available soon. Check back for more details.

  • The Cyber Café is accessible 24/7 with valid student ID. 

  • Study rooms are locked and inaccessible.

  • Users are asked to clean their study areas and any shared equipment such as computers or printers, both before and after use. Cleaning supplies will be located throughout the Library.

Getting Help 

Contactless Pickup and Return of Library Materials: 

Contactless pickup and return are available during the library's open hours.  You must use your valid Webster University photo identification card to enter the first floor vestibule.  Once you enter, the table on which the holds are kept is just inside on the right and the media and book returns are on your left.  

Find more information about placing holds here; https://libanswers.webster.edu/faq/317587

 

Finding eBooks, journal articles, videos and more online

eBooks: These are books that can be read online and do not require special software or equipment. Publisher restrictions may only allow a set number of users to view a book at one time. To access an eBook, log in with your name and 7-digit Webster ID number followed by EWL. Example: 9999999EWL

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Journal articles: We offer an extensive list of databases that contain journal articles, which can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. Databases often have tools to increase your searching success and ensure that an article meets your instructor’s requirements. They may be specialized for your class or major, but we can help you choose where to get started.

Videos: We offer many streaming videos online. Find out more about searching for videos.

 

Books, MOBIUS, and Interlibrary Loan  

 

MOBIUS Books: MOBIUS lending and borrowing have resumed. Place your holds as you normally would, and they will be quarantined for three days before becoming available for contactless pickup. A small number of MOBIUS libraries will not resume lending or will only lend a portion of their materials. If you request a material that is not available, you will receive an error message when you submit your request. 

 

Due dates: If you are experiencing difficulties returning library materials, please email circ@webster.edu to discuss options for extending due dates or returning materials.

 

Books, Articles, and Book Chapters: Borrowing of books, articles, and book chapters from other libraries has resumed. Your requests for journal articles and book chapters will be delivered via your ILLiad account.  Books will be made available via contactless pickup. Some materials may not be available due to delays and closures at other libraries. Please place your requests, and we will do our best to fill them.  

 

Services for faculty

  • Liaison librarians will continue to offer in-class instruction remotely. You may invite us to your WebEx+ or Zoom session for live class meetings, or request a video of instruction for asynchronous classes. Contact your liaison to move previously scheduled instruction sessions online or request a new session. Find your liaison librarian

 

 

Other support resources

 

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