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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.  

 

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.  We've rearranged furniture and computers throughout the building in order to promote social distancing. 

Library Hours

Hours are subject to change and will be updated weekly. No one may enter the building after 8 pm, though those inside at 8 pm Monday-Thursday may remain until closing.

Day 

Library Hours                            

 Help Chat**      

Remote Research Help (Zoom, Email, Phone)

Mon

8 am-10 pm* 

24/7

 9 am-9 pm 

Tues

8 am-10 pm* 

24/7

 9 am-9 pm 

Weds

8 am-10 pm* 

24/7

 9 am-9 pm 

Thurs

8 am-10 pm* 

24/7

 9 am-9 pm 

Fri

8 am-6 pm 

24/7

 9 am-4 pm 

Sat

12 pm-6 pm 

24/7

 11 am-5 pm 

Sun

12 pm-6 pm 

24/7

 1 pm-9 pm

 

*No entry after 8 pm
**Chat unavailable on major US holidays

 

Access and Health Screenings

  • You must use your Webster University issued photo ID card to enter the library.  We will not let you into the building without it.  (Either 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.)

  • Before coming to campus, you must either complete an online health self-assessment at healthform.webster.edu, or stop by Public Safety for a health screening. 

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

  • Please put on your face covering before entering the library.

  • Enter the Library at the first-floor, Edgar Road 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.)

  • Fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times in the Library.

  • 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.The student will also need to fill out the health assessment form at healthform.webster.edu, and be prepared to present it to the attendant when entering the library. 

 

  • Rooms and Materials

  • The cyber café computers and seating areas are not available for use, and the Kaldi's coffee counter is closed.

  • The cyber café elevator is available, and the first and second floor cyber café doors may be used to exit the library.

  • 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.

  • We quarantine library materials for three days after they arrive. It will, therefore, take longer for you to get requested items. 

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 on Webster University library materials have been extended to August 31, and fines will not accrue. If you will not be returning to campus in the fall, please email circ@webster.edu to discuss options for extending due dates or returning library 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, as has alwayes been the case, be delivered via your ILLiad account.  Books will be made available via contactless pickup. As we often rely on other libraries to lend us the requested materials, some materials may not be available due to delays and closures at these libraries. In addition, books will be quarantined for three days before being available for pickup. 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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