As with many other university libraries, the NIU Music Library has had to change how we do things in order to keep ourselves and our patrons safe. It has required us to redefine the term "open". Without student workers, and with only 2 full-time staffers, managing the library during times when there is no pandemic would be a challenge. When you add in the pandemic, safety becomes an issue, and more responsibilities are placed upon the staff. We need to make sure our materials are kept safe so that patrons can use them, we need to be able to make sure anyone in the Music Library is following social distancing and PPE current practices, and we need to clean any surfaces touched by us or the patrons. Allowing full access to our library is not a feasible option at this time. Therefore, we have decided that patrons will not be given access to roam freely throughout the Music Library unless a specific request has been approved by our Music Librarian, and then it will be very limited. Any item that is used will then need to be quarantined for 96 hours before another person can use it safely.
That being said, we will be going old school and will have closed stacks. Did you know that libraries weren't always open for browsing? It wasn't until the early 1900s, at the Cleveland Public Library, when patrons were first allowed full access to stack browsing (sorry, library nerd here). For the fall of 2020, at least, Kate and Sarah will pull items that are requested from the stacks, while wearing the appropriate PPE, to keep the risk of virus transfer low.
Below you will find detailed information on our services and how you can access our materials.
All physical items will be quarantined for
96 hours after use.
We ask that you do not clean the items in any way
as this may damage them.
Use of noncirculating items
(reference, reserve, Msets, etc.)
through the end of December 2020
Research and Reference Assistance