COVID-19 Update: The library building is open, and first and second floor collections are available for browsing. Click here for more information.

COVID-19: COVID-19 Response

Jim Dan Hill Library's response to COVID-19

What to know

The Jim Dan Hill Library building is open. Library materials and services are available in person, and online, through curb-side pickup. Go to to request materials, get help with research, or to request instructional support by appointment.

When open, students/patrons will need to wear their masks while in the library and enter through the right-hand front door. The accessibility ramp entry is open on the left side of the building as well. Stay to the right on the stairs when entering and sign-in to the Library in the vestibule. This is to facilitate contact tracing.

Students/patrons will find some changes in the Library, including spaced-out tables and chairs for physically-distanced studying, as well as Plexiglass at the circulation desk. There are a reduced number of computers (12) available for individual work. While all books and materials on the first and second floor books are available for browsing, students/patrons should ask staff at the front desk for help with retrieving the materials they want from the garden level. Check-out of materials will be contactless, and you will be asked to swipe your own card to check-out the materials. When working with a Reference Librarian at the Reference Desk, you will face a second monitor separated from the librarian by Plexiglass as well.

Study rooms are available to be reserved, a perfect place to meet your online class alone and remove your mask while alone in the room. When using a study room, students/patrons will be given a caddy with cleaning supplies and will be expected to wipe down the surfaces they touch in the study room before and after use.

Students, staff, and faculty can continue to access the library’s resources online, as well as pick up materials from the library, and librarians are available for questions by email and e-appointment.

Fines are suspended. Items may be returned via the book drop outside the library main entrance as well as in the book drop at the front desk. For questions regarding fines from the Jim Dan Hill Library, or items borrowed from other University of Wisconsin libraries, please email Jade Jensen. Our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) manager is working with other libraries to extend due dates on ILL materials. Please email Natalie Jersett, with any questions.

Please return ALL items prior to departure if you are leaving the country.

Off-campus access: Articles, streaming videos, online books, etc. When searching databases or clicking on resources in Search Catalog, you will be prompted for your campus username and password. Once you log in once, you should have permission for the length of your session.

Your Library Account: To check your saved items, renew items you have checked out, or see your requests, login via Login Tab.

Reference help is available through email and telephone or Zoom (online) for assistance during the following times:

Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment.

Library Instruction Faculty and instructional staff are welcome to contact us with the Schedule Library Instruction form to make alternative plans for library instruction, including creating library guides, short videos, or other online content.

Instructional Design and Teaching Technology Please contact the Digital Strategies Team for support.