SJCNY Fall 2020 - Libraries

SJCNY Fall 2020 - Libraries

Ready. Set. Reopen

Updated: 10/1/2020

The Callahan and McEntegart libraries look forward to seeing you this fall and supporting your research and academic needs. Please see below for information about borrowed materials and our fall schedule.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back in the coming weeks.

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Are the libraries open?

The Callahan and McEntegart Libraries are open with limited seating and workstation availability due to social distancing guidelines. Access is restricted to current members of the college community carrying a valid SJC identification card. The daily schedule can be found on the Library Calendar.

How should borrowed materials be returned?

To enable contactless returns whenever possible, books may be deposited in the bins provided at Callahan Library (located outside and inside of the library) and McEntegart Library (in the lobby and at circulation). Other items (e.g., DVDs, test kits, laptops, video equipment) should be returned to a staff member at the circulation desk in order to be checked in upon arrival. All materials borrowed during the Spring 2020 semester must be returned by Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Which sections of the library are available?

Seating is available at computer workstations, tables and carrels not indicated by a social distancing sign. The group study rooms are closed until further notice. Signage in some areas, including the stacks, may indicate one-way traffic and/or limited capacity. The McEntegart curriculum library has designated entrance and exit doors, with a limited room capacity and no seating.

UPDATED Which parts of the library's collections are available?

Materials from the circulating book collection may be loaned, with all returned items subject to a quarantine period. Due to COVID protocols, there are restrictions on access to reference and reserve materials.

The aisles in the print reference stacks are currently off limits but titles may be accessed and scanned with assistance from a reference librarian. Print reserve materials will not circulate due to quarantine requirements, but the pertinent chapter or section needed will be scanned and emailed to the user. Please use the Callahan Library Student Scanning Request Form or the McEntegart Library Student Scanning Request Form.

Can materials be requested via interlibrary loan?

Journal articles and book chapters may be requested and will be sent to SJC email accounts. Due to restrictions in place at most academic libraries, it is not possible to request books at this time.

Is it possible to receive assistance from a librarian from off-campus?

Yes. Reference librarians are staffing the Chat Service seven days per week to answer questions and make recommendations. The schedule is available on the Library Calendar.

What other safety measures are in place?

The libraries are following college protocols in place as outlined in the SJCNY Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Measures being taken that specifically relate to the libraries include the quarantining of print materials and the disinfecting of non-print materials upon return and/or after use (both on and off the premises). As a health and safety measure, headphones will no longer be circulated for public use. While the use of personal listening devices is encouraged, disposable earbuds will be available at the circulation desk.

Are the archives accessible to researchers?

Due to space limitations, appointments cannot be made until further notice. Requests for information should be directed to Mayumi Miyaoka (Brooklyn) or Adele Fitzgerald (Long Island). Donations to the archives and the libraries have been suspended indefinitely.