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Our Part

Here is what we will do to help keep our patrons and our staff safe.

Our University Libraries have put a number of measures in place to keep our libraries as safe as possible. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to refine and modify our safety measures as needed. Below are some of the steps we have taken.

Continuing Our Open Door Policy

Restroom, classroom and study room doors will be left open whenever possible in order to reduce the need to touch these doors and to improve the air circulation in these spaces.

Providing Protective Barriers at Service Points

We have installed plastic shields at all of our service points and have placed stanchions to help staff and patrons keep a safe distance apart.

Maintaining Optimal Air Quality

Air quality in our buildings is maintained with various auxiliary equipment (pumps, blowers, air compressors, recirculated air etc.). Included in that equipment are two protective measures - Ultraviolet lamps (UV Lights) and air filters. Air Filters clean the air that circulates through building heating and cooling systems. They trap and hold many types of particulates and contaminants (ex. dust, dirt, pollen, etc.) trapping these particulates that get sucked in with the air and keeping them from entering blowers or inboard side of cooling coils. UV Lights deliver high-output ultraviolet energy downstream of cooling coils and destroy micro-organisms (mold, bacteria) in demanding, high-volume HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) environments. UV Lights are installed to destroy any growth on cooling coils surfaces. 

In addition, the university's Facilities Department has increased filter changes campus-wide to building A/C systems as a measure to maintain air quality and are investigating increasing the amount of air changes per hour to create more air circulation.

Offering remote services and resources

Some workshops and services are offered by the library and will be available for remote users. Here are some of the virtual services and resources we offer: 

  • Call the Ask Alkek Desk. We can help you wherever you are during our desk hours with general library questions. Call us at 512.245.2686.
  • Ask a Librarian. Click on the vertical button on the right side of the University Libraries home page: to submit a question and to chat online with a real librarian (no bots here) during chat hours. Submit a question by email after hours and a librarian will respond the next day.
  • Meet with a librarian virtually. Use our online form to request an online research consultation with one of our librarians.
  • Use our eResources. Many of the library's materials are available online. Explore our eBooks and streaming media resources.
  • Attend a Zoom workshop. Library workshops and instruction activities will be online events this fall.

Monitoring staff health and staying home when we feel sick

As is university policy, library staff will be carefully monitoring their own health and staying home if they feel unwell.