COVID-19 Library Updates

All W&M classes are being held remotely for summer 2020.

W&M is preparing for an early opening and an in-person fall. For details, visit W&M Path Forward.

Changes to Operations

  • Hours: All campus library buildings are closed until further notice. All library services are available online. 
  • Expanded online chat: Librarians are available via live chat 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • Book returns: You can return books through the book drop-off at the front entrance of Swem or behind Swem at the drive-up book drop. We are extending due dates and waiving fines, so you may also return your books when you return to campus for commencement or in-person classes. Check out our FAQ for more information.
  • Contact-free Pick-up: On-site pick-up of library materials begins 6/10/20. 

Faculty Support for Remote Teaching & Online Learning

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) has partnered with W&M Libraries and IT to provide solutions to aid course continuation. We have developed an online portal of resources and teaching tips that faculty can access to provide the operational support needed. In addition to the web resources and tutorials provided, we are offering webinars and virtual drop-in sessions for individual support. We encourage you to explore the Instructional Resilience website and tutorials provided. 

Remote Resources and Services 

When the library is closed, there are many ways the Libraries can provide you with expert help and services. Services include: librarian consultations, librarian-designed research assignments, interlibrary loan, and more.

Faculty who need access to books, articles, and films for their students can request them through the reserve request form. We will buy electronic licenses when possible, and put materials into Blackboard. Physical materials will be placed on hold for contact-free pick-up. 

The Libraries provide the W&M community with access to lots of online resources, including streaming video, e-books, e-journals, streaming music, and more! Learn more at our Remote Resources guide. 

Support for Students

Librarians are available via live chat 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday, to answer research questions, advise on assignments and provide support to students. Students can also make virtual research appointments, which will be held over Zoom or phone while the library buildings are closed.

For Special Collections, contact with questions and requests for virtual research consultations.