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Purdue Libraries Changes to Operations

Updated 1 month ago


In accordance with Purdue University’s commitment to a safe residential campus experience for Fall 2020, Purdue Libraries will re-open on Monday, August 17, 2020 with new health and safety protocol in place. We are all ABLE to use the libraries because we work hard to protect Purdue together.

News about the COVID-19 virus changes fast, and any updates to Libraries-specific operating procedures or policies will be noted here. Please refer to the University's Protect Purdue site for all information related to Purdue’s COVID-19 response.

Changes to Hours/ Services Moving Online

Beginning August 17, 2020: Hicks Library, WALC, Parrish Library, and the Veterinary Medicine Library will be open for study, wifi, and computer use. In-person library services will be available in the Hicks Library only until further notice. However, assistance is available online and by phone.

Please note that not all services are available at all times. Some locations will open at a later date, when appropriate safety measures are in place.

Aviation Technology and Transportation Library, Mathematical Sciences Library, and the HSSE (Humanities, Social Science, and Education) Library will all open by Monday, August 24, 2020. 

Archives & Special Collections will operate on a "by appointment only" basis for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact Archives & Special Collections at for assistance.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will continue remote operations through the Fall 2020 semester. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research: Students can set-up an appointment through BoilerConnect. E-mail:

Purdue University Press will continue remote operations through the Fall 2020 semester. Contact Purdue University Press at

Visit our All Hours page for the most up-to-date in-person library hours.

Statement from the Dean of Libraries

Dean Beth McNeil released a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak in March, its impact on Purdue Libraries, and our commitment to continuing necessary services while keeping our campus community safe.

Print Materials

For the health and safety of our staff and patrons, circulation of print materials is available via online search only, with options for pick-up at a library of choice (students, faculty, staff, graduate students) or delivery (faculty, staff, graduate students).

  • Purdue faculty, staff, and students can still submit a request for an electronic version of a print book through our online search and staff will investigate if an online version is available for purchase.
  • Patrons can request a scanned electronic copy of a small portion, article, or chapter from a print resource through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Faculty, staff, and students can also submit a “Suggest a Purchase” form and we will investigate whether we can add to the electronic collection.
  • Please return your loaned Libraries' materials to any book drop of your choice. All returned items will be quarantined for four days before being re-shelved. Books and other materials will not be officially "checked in" until after this quarantine period ends. While in quarantine, your returned materials will not incur late fees. Patrons may return ILL materials to any book return sites. 

Changes to Events

Events are currently subject to likely cancellation for the health and safety of all attending. Please check your email frequently for updates or contact the event organizer to confirm that an event is still taking place before you travel to campus. Full guidelines for Fall 2020 events may be found here

Link to Remote Access Resources Guide

Purdue Libraries will make every effort to maintain access to critical resources through this uncertain time. We encourage you to explore this guide to learn about the various ways that we can support your scholarship and research while you are away from campus.