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Spring 2021 Library Services Updates: Home

This guide provides information about library services, resources, research, and instruction support that are available in the event that the University is experiencing brief or prolonged closure.


This guide provides information about library services, resources, and research & instruction support available during COVID-19. Information will be updated frequently, so please check back regularly.

Founders Memorial Library Access, Spring 2021

Founders Library will begin spring semester hours on January 4, 2021. Building hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (these hours may be revised as the semester proceeds).

To access the library, patrons must

  • Enter through the main entrance, west doors; exit through main entrance, east doors.
  • Have an NIU OneCard or Courtesy Card that will be checked at the entrance.  
  • All OneCard holders will be asked to swipe their cards at the Security Desk. If you are part of the University's COVID-19 Surveillance Testing program and have missed a test, you will not be permitted to enter Founder Memorial Library. We will be happy for you to return once you complete your test and your information has been updated accordingly.
  • Identify what type of access is needed (item pick up, study, cafe, other) will receive a library pass for the location.
  • Agree that by entering the library and using the library pass they have no COVID-19 symptoms and will wear their mask at all times.
  • Return their library pass in the bucket assigned upon leaving the library. 

Study Areas

Individual and socially distant study tables are available on a first come, first served basis (single seating for each table) for active OneCard holders only. No group study rooms will be available (except for the Accessibility Resource Study Room - one person at a time). Masks must be worn by patrons at all times, even when seated and studying.

Other Notices

  • Computer classrooms are closed and no public workstations are available. See Checking Out Technology if a laptop is needed. 
  • Printing and photocopying from personal devices will be available on the first floor only. One person at a time at the printers/copiers. Patrons must clean the printers with materials provided after use. See Retrieving Print Jobs for more information. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources