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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 current/valid 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. 

  • You may enter the library at the first floor, Edgar Road entrance, or the second floor, Quad entrance. 

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

Rooms and Equipment

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

  • Study rooms are open and may be reserved by using our Room reservation form.

  • 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 Research Help 

Contactless Pickup and Return of Library Materials: 

You may request a hold on books and media through the library or MOBIUS catalogs (or request a itemon  we'll get it ready for you to pick up from the library 24/7. For contactless pick up and return of materials, you must use your valid Webster University photo identification card to swipe into the first floor (Edgar Road) vestibule. Once you enter, the hold shelf is on the right; Materials are wrapped and placed in alphabetical order by last name. Secure book and media return boxes are on your left.  

Finding online eBooks, journal articles, videos and more

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.

Due Dates, MOBIUS, and Interlibrary Loan  

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.

MOBIUS lending and borrowing have resumed. Place your holds as you normally would, and we will contact you when they are 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 material that is not available, you will receive an error message when you submit your request. 

InterLibrary Loan: Borrowing of books, articles, and book chapters from other libraries has resumed. Your requests for digital 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. More about Interlibrary Loan 

Services for Faculty 

  • Liaison/subject librarians will continue to offer class research instruction remotely (via Zoom) and in-person when conditions allow, or you may request a video of instruction for asynchronous classes. Contact your liaison at least a week in advance to discuss your course needs and schedule a session. 

  • Digitizing Course Materials: Library staff in the Access Services Department work in conjunction with Library Liaisons, faculty and staff from the Online Learning Center to identify, digitize, and upload content to the faculty's member's WorldClassRoom course page(s).  To request this help, send an email to your liaison librarian detailing your needs for your course, and we will explore the available options. You may also wish to visit our guide to learn more about sharing streaming videos from the library's databases.

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