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Giovale Library

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Giovale Library is open with limited hours. Questions regarding the library and COVID-19 can be emailed to the Giovale Library Director, Emily Swanson (eswanson@westminstercollege.edu).

All patrons are required to wear a face-covering while in the library and will be asked to do so upon entering the building. Personnel will be checking that patrons are wearing their face coverings throughout the day; upon the second warning, the patron will be asked to leave. See the campus policy on face coverings for more information.

Changes to the Building

  • The library capacity is limited to 112 patrons at any given time to ensure proper social distancing. Library personnel will track patron count.
  • Furniture has been arranged to permit a safe distance between patrons. Do not move the furniture.
  • Eating is not permitted in the library.
  • The library has limited hours due to cleaning and safety protocols.


The library is taking precautions to maintain the safety of its patrons. In addition to the regular cleaning conducted by the campus housekeeping staff, sanitation stations will be available throughout the library for patrons to clean their areas prior to using the space. Patrons are highly encouraged to clean their areas and to take extra precautions when using the library. Patrons can expect the following sanitation efforts from the library:

  • Hand sanitizer at the library entrance.
  • A hand washing station on the main floor in the southwest corner. This station is not enclosed and permits patrons to wash their hands without touching doors. Hand washing is also available in each of the library bathrooms.
  • Sanitation stations will be available on each floor of the library. Patrons are encouraged to use the supplies at the stations to clean their space before using it. Return the supplies after cleaning your area.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch points such as doorknobs, printers, etc.
  • A plexiglass barrier is placed at the circulation desk to ensure safety during Circulation transactions.

Circulating Material and Procedural Changes

  • A self-checkout station is available at the circulation desk. Patrons will be directed to the self-checkout station for checking out books, DVDs, and course reserves.
  • Changes to procedures in order to limit potential touch points:
  • Popular DVDs are now being kept on the shelves.
  • Course reserves are now available on the west shelves across from the circulation desk.
  • Patrons may request curbside pickup of physical materials by emailing the library (library@westminstercollege.edu).
  • Upon their return, all materials will be quarantined for 3 days. After a 3-day quarantine, materials become available for patron checkout.
  • The library currently still provides Interlibrary Loan services for print materials; however, the library may not be able to borrow everything due to lending library closures. Delivery time may vary due to circumstances at lending libraries.
  • During COVID-19, the following materials will not be available for checkout:
  • Headphones
  • Study kits
  • Phone chargers
  • Study skeleton
  • A small number of highlighters, whiteboard markers, pens, and rulers will be available at the circulation desk at the request of patrons. Additionally, whiteboard markers will be made available in all the study rooms.
  • The library will not be accommodating guest use of the computers.

Research Assistance

Librarians will continue to offer research assistance during COVID-19. Research help is available in the following forms:

  • Virtual research help consultations can be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Contact a librarian to schedule a virtual consultation.
  • Chat with the library staff for instant assistance Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Library staff are also available by phone or email. Give the library a call at 801.832.2250. Email the library at library@westminstercollege.edu and library personnel will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • In-person research help is currently not available.

Additionally, the library provides subject-specific research guides as a good starting point for many research needs. New subjects are added as time permits. Additionally, the library’s YouTube channel has video tutorials on the following information:

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