UTA Libraries supports student success
The staff at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries is preparing for the fall semester with changes to the library space, new hours and new and updated services to better serve students and faculty.
“Libraries and University staff have been hard at work to modify Central Library spaces and processes so we can safely provide critical resources and services to our students and faculty,” said Rebecca Bichel, dean of UTA Libraries.
To prioritize the safety of the UTA community, the Libraries will only be open to active UTA students, faculty and staff for the fall 2020 semester. Operating hours are:
- Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Floors 3-5 of Central Library, as well as branch locations in the Architecture and Fine Arts and Science and Engineering buildings, will remain closed until further notice.
- The basement and the sixth floor of Central Library will be designated quiet floors. The basement also will offer computer stations arranged in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
- Gaming in the basement will not be available for fall 2020; however, the UTA community will be able to borrow gaming consoles and games as part of the technology lending program.
- Online help is now available 24/7 via live chat on the Libraries website.
- Free masks will be available to active UTA students, faculty and staff at the Welcome Desk inside Central Library while supplies last.
- An additional Information Desk will be stationed in front of Central Library. Libraries staff will be on hand to welcome students, answer questions, distribute masks and provide guidance on new campus safety protocols.
- Mavericks may notice additional Plexiglas protections around service points and social distancing reminders throughout the Libraries. These are designed to promote the health and safety of staff and users.
UTA Libraries has adapted several of its services to account for the new normal on campus.
“Throughout the semester, we will continue to evaluate the best practices to provide outstanding services to the UTA community, in accordance with safety guidelines and state, local and University guidance,” Bichel said. “While many things will be different on campus this fall, what remains constant is our dedication to supporting the success of our students and faculty.”
Updated services include the following:
- Users will be able to print at Central Library—some of the printers have been moved from the second floor to the first floor to make this service easier to access and to accommodate greater social distancing.
- Special Collections will be open to class and individual research visits by appointment only.
- The FabLab will continue to offer its online virtual consultation service as well as provide mediated 3D printing services. The FabLab will also offer laser-cutting and vinyl-cutting services.
- The Libraries will continue to offer extensive technology lending, in-library and curbside pickup for print circulation materials, and delivery of print materials to faculty offices.
- Students, faculty and staff can now request print materials through the UTA Libraries ILL program. However, as not all libraries are lending yet, it may take longer to obtain materials. Overdue charges are currently being waived, although renewable items should be renewed prior to the due date. A full list of the policy updates for ILL can be found on the Libraries website.
- Due to a seven-day quarantine period for print books returning to the Libraries, the print reserves will not be circulating. However, the Libraries will assist with locating Open Educational Resources, public-domain materials and library-licensed content.
- Instructors can also request scans of specific chapters needed for instruction in accordance with fair use. A full breakdown of the effect of COVID-19 on the Libraries Course Reserves policies can be found on the Libraries website. Instructors are encouraged to reach out to their subject librarian or directly to the Learning Resources Librarian, Katie Willeford, for assistance with locating course materials.
- UTA Libraries staff will provide robust virtual instruction and events throughout the fall semester.
- Students, staff and faculty can consult both in-person and virtually for digital media creation projects.
- OIT Help Desk will resume services on the first floor of Central Library.
- Tutoring, supplemental instruction and advising provided by Academic Plaza partners, such as the I.D.E.A.S. Center, UTSI, and College of Business Advising, will be online only.
- The Writing Center is providing online consultations in either 30- or 60-minutes sessions.
Check the Mavs Back 2020 site for more stories on what to expect as UTA safely returns to campus for fall 2020. You also can check the Coronavirus and Fall 2020 Semester page, which is UTA’s official site for up-to-date information on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.