COVID-19 and Library Services

Library Services

COVID-19 and Library Services

Last updated: 6/15/2021

Is the Library Open?

The Library is open to current UCCS students, faculty, and staff. When you enter the building, you will need to swipe in with your UCCS Lion OneCard. The Library will remain closed to the general public.

While inside the Library, face coverings will be required for unvaccinated individuals when indoors and encouraged for every individual when indoors as outlined in the UCCS Safety Guidelines.

Several areas of the Library remain closed:

  • The entire third floor of the Library is limited to staff only, including the UCCS Archives, EPC 304c, the Reflective Space, and the Parent/Child Study Room, and group study rooms.
  • Because the third floor is closed, the elevator will be unavailable.

The second floor of the Library will be open, including the computing lab, printers, tables, study carrels and study rooms.

Reserve a Group Study Room

Borrowing Books and Other Library Items

For your safety, we are asking UCCS students, faculty, or staff not to touch or browse the Library’s physical collection this spring. Instead, you will need to request all books, DVDs, and other items before you can use them.

Our staff will retrieve the item and email you when it's ready for pickup. This is for the safety of our patrons and our staff and reduces physical contact with the collection during the pandemic. 

Requesting an Item from the Collection

  1. To place a request, find the title in the Library Catalog.
  2. If its status is On Shelf – Request Item, you must request the item before you can use it.
  3. Click Request Item in the sidebar of the Library Catalog.
  4. Look for an email to your email address from the Library notifying you that the item is available for pickup.
  5. Pick up the item at the Library’s Circulation Desk within 7 days of being notified.

Requests for items with a status of On Shelf - Request Item generally will take 1 business day or less to fulfill.

Several collections will continue to be unavailable:

  • The Reference Collection
  • Current and Bound Periodicals

Returning Books and Other Items to the Library

Please return all borrowed library materials (including books, DVDS, mobile hotspots, etc.) to the Library’s exterior book drop, located near the southeast entrance to the University.

Access to Textbooks and Course Reserves for Summer Semester

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library will not be circulating print course reserves to students during the Summer 2021 semester. Instead, the library will continue to add electronic course reserves directly to Canvas.

  • This service is only for faculty/staff 
  • Students requesting this service will be referred to their faculty 
  • Requests will be processed in the order they're received
  • Due to copyright restrictions, requested materials will be posted on Canvas

Faculty and staff can submit requests using the Course Reserve Request Form.

Course Reserves Request Form

Access to Textbooks and Course Reserves for Fall 2021 Semester

The Library plans to return to most pre-pandemic processes starting Fall 2021. This includes our course reserves process.

The Library will return to checking out print course reserves to students for the Fall 2021 semester. No complete scanning of library print material will be posted in Canvas. Only online materials licensed or owned by the Library may be posted into Canvas. Most physical items (books, DVDs, or other print materials) will be placed on physical course reserves in the Library.

  • Only faculty/staff can request items to be placed on course reserves
  • Students requesting this service will be referred to their faculty
  • Requests will be processed in the order they're received

Faculty and staff can start requesting course reserves for Fall 2021 in mid-July. This section will be updated if these plans must be changed.

Requesting Streaming Videos for a Course

Faculty and staff requesting a streaming video for use in a course should use the Library's new Streaming Video Request Form if the Library does not currently have access to the title.

While we try our best to meet the needs of our faculty and students, acquiring film licenses is a complex process. Copyright restrictions prevent us from digitizing DVDs or other physical materials without permission from the rights holders. Licensing rights for streaming videos are often for limited terms (30 days, 1 year, 3 years, etc.) and expensive (typically $150/year or more). Given the limitations of availability and budget, we cannot guarantee that all requests can be fulfilled.

Streaming Video Request Form

Prospector is Available

Prospector is available to UCCS students, staff and faculty. 

Interlibrary Loan Services is Available

The Library's Interlibrary Loan services are fully available. 

Getting Research Assistance

Needing help researching a topic for an assignment? We’re available virtually to help you with your research questions! Ask questions through chat, email, phone, and text. Just visit the library homepage or

Accessing the UCCS University Archives

Research within the UCCS University Archives is available by appointment only.  Please contact the Archives using our contact form, describing your question and request.  Only a small percentage of the materials in the collections have been digitized so arrangements to access the physical materials must be made in accordance with COVID-19 operating procedures.