COVID-19 Library Updates

REMINDER: all patrons will need to show a current William & Mary ID to enter the building and wear a face covering.

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

Changes to Operations

  • Hours: Swem Library is open:
    Monday - Thursday: 8am - 10pm
    Friday: 8am - 8pm
    Saturday: 10am - 8pm
    Sunday: 10am - 10pm
    View opening hours for all of the libraries
  • Expanded online chat: Librarians are available via live chat. Online chat is also available for the Reeder Media Center and Special Collections.
  • 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 working on a means for graduated students to return their books. Check out our FAQ for more information.
  • Click & Collect: Contact-free pickup of library materials will continue through the fall semester. Materials are currently available for pick-up on shelves in the DVD section of the library by the Circulation desk.

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

Research Consultations
Librarians are available via live chat 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.

Reeder Media Center
The Media Center studios and workstations are available. For help with your media projects, you can make an appointment with us for Zoom consultations, chat with us online, and email us.

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