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Due to COVID-19, the Millard Sheets Library has made the following adjustments to our services and policies

rev. 21 October 2020

Physical Access

Please note: Physical access to the Library will be limited to members of the Otis community who need to use our facilities for curricular support. Although we love having people hang out, please come to the Library only when you absolutely need to use our collections, computers, and/or printers.

The Library Is Open By Appointment Only

  • Students: Use 25Live to schedule a slot, at least 24 hours before your visit. Directions
  • Faculty/Staff: Contact Circulation Staff
  • Alumnx: Contact Hazel Mandujano:hmandujano@otis.edu
  • Extension: Check with Extension to determine eligibility.
  • General Public: Not allowed at this time

If you have difficulty making a reservation, please contact Shelley Forbes.

Safety Precautions

While using the Library, all patrons must:

  • make an appointment in advance; no drop-ins are allowed
  • wear masks over their mouth and nose
  • wear gloves (provided by us) to handle Library items
  • follow physical distancing guidelines
  • follow all signage on floors and furniture to maintain physical distancing
  • follow all directions from staff, which may include showing symptom verification

Circulation Procedures

Checking Out Items

  • All library books and materials checked out before the pandemic, were due on August 31, 2020
    • Any materials that are not returned by October 27, 2020, will be billed for replacement.
  • No changes to the check-out periods
    • Most books will still circulate for 3 weeks
  • Bring your Otis ID Card with you. Students can pick up their cards from the Security Office. For more information about these cards, please contact Erica Javidzad in the Student Activities Office
Requests and Curbside Pickup

Eligible Local patrons may request items that will be available for pick-up in the parking garage.

  • Log in to the Library Catalog (OPAC)
  • Check items for availability
  • Email a list (including call number and title) to Shelley - sforbes@otis.edu
  • Library staff will pull and check out the item(s) to you
  • Library staff will contact you to make an appointment for pick-up
  • Students do not need to schedule these pick-ups using 25Live

If you need help requesting an item, please contact Circulation Staff at: sforbes@otis.edu

Returning Items

  • Books, journals, and DVDs may be returned to the Book Bin on campus, now located on the ground floor of the parking garage
  • Unless otherwise instructed, do not return items directly to the Library Circulation Desk
  • Items can be mailed back to campus in care of the Library.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk about returning other types of items, including iPads and Materials.
  • If you cannot return your library items for any reason, please email Shelley: sforbes@otis.edu for accommodation.

If you have any questions, special circumstances, or cannot afford to mail back the borrowed items, please contact Shelley Forbes.

Fines and Fees

All overdue fines for students, faculty, and staff have been forgiven

  • No overdue fines will accrue from March 13-December 31, 2020
  • For students, registration blocks for unpaid library fees have been removed

Other fees may still be assessed.

Online Access

Electronic Access to Physical Items

If you cannot come to campus, please contact Library staff on how to access e-versions of items in our collections.

  • We will help you find a version online, usually through our databases
  • Check the Remote Access Guide for tips on searching for these items yourself
  • Library staff will do limited scanning of book chapters and articles when no e-version is available

Online Resources

Students, faculty and staff can access the library databases, ebooks, and streaming videos via the library website

Other Services

Workshops

Fall 2020: All workshops will be held virtually.
Most workshops will be available asynchronously as an online tutorial or video. In some cases, Library staff can meet synchronously via Zoom.

Visit the Information Literacy Instruction page on the Remote Access Guide for more information.

Temporarily Out of Service

These services are not available until further notice:

  • Putting books and DVDs on reserve
  • Tours of the Library
  • In-person workshops, whether led by Library staff or Faculty
  • Group Study Room

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