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. We will do the best we can to respond to any issues that arise and continue to add safety protocols that will benefit our staff and our patrons. 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.
Increased Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Cleaning crews will be cleaning high-touch surface areas like handrails, doorknobs and elevator buttons three times each day along with other ongoing cleaning efforts
- A deep clean of our building, including UV spray sanitiizer in all classroom and study spaces, will be performed every evening
- Some spaces in the building will be closed after each use for staff to clean before reopening
- Checked out equipment and materials are being quarantined and sanitized in a UV santizer before being returned to circulation or made available for re-use
- Keyboards and mice in parts of the library are covered with a protective plastic barrier to prevent the spread of germs and in other areas, you must check out and return these items that are sanitized after each use.
Spreading Out Furniture
You will notice that in many parts of our libraries we have removed some seating in an effort to keep our capacity at 50 percent and to enable our patrons to easily maintain a distance of six feet from others. Please do not retrieve chairs that have been removed from our open areas and do not move furniture closer together. We need each individual to monitor themselves and others to support this effort.
Continuing Our Open Door Policy
Restroom, classroom and study room doors will be left open in order to reduce the need to touch these doors and to improve the air circulation in these spaces.
Monitoring Capacity and Compliance in Our Facilities
Hourly counts of people in our buildings as well as compliance with mask requirements will be used to maintain a safe environment in our buildings. A risk assessment system is being used in the Alkek Library to help patrons make an informed decision about where they choose to work in the building. Please see information on our main coronavirus page.
Providing Protective Barriers at Service Points
We have installed plastic shields at all of our service points and have placed stanchions to help patrons remain six feet from staff and each other while interacting at these locations and waiting for elevators and printers.
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
Workshops and services offered by the library will be available for remote users this fall. 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: library.txstate.edu 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.