Ann Thornton, University Librarian, announced that all library locations will reopen at full capacity in time for the next academic year.
On Tuesday evening, Vice Provost and University Librarian Ann Thornton emailed Columbia students announcing that all University library locations will reopen at full capacity for the fall semester, including library stacks and Circulation desks. The full email is included below.
Butler Library will return to being open for 24 hours, and Butler Cafe will also reopen. Thornton also announced that these in-person reopenings will “be complemented by robust online resources and activities.”
Thornton also posted an update to the Columbia News website with further details about this reopening plan. Visitors, like alumni and “individuals in cooperative programs such as Ivy Plus and MaRLI” will also be able to use the libraries. Certain pandemic-era policies, such as the seat reservation system, will end in the fall. Thornton’s Columbia News post can be read below.
Thornton also exclaimed how the CU library system is the “intellectual heart” of the University. She thanked the library staff members, public health experts, and Interim Provost Ira Katznelson for their contributions to this plan.
Email from Ann Thornton to students, sent on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 6:13 pm:
An Update on Fall Plans for the Libraries
Dear students and faculty,
We are excited to announce that all library locations will reopen for the 2021 Fall term and will welcome students, faculty, and visiting researchers. Library stacks will fully reopen for browsing and Circulation desks will be staffed to assist users with check-out of library materials. Butler Library will resume 24-hour operations and Butler Cafe will reopen.
The full return of in-person, physical library services will be complemented by robust online resources and activities that will continue to be in place to support users no matter where they are learning. See the full announcement and the latest status updates on our website.
The Libraries, at the intellectual heart of Columbia, are essential to our recovery as a University community. I am grateful for the dedication of our wonderful Libraries staff, the guidance of the University’s public health experts, and the leadership of Interim Provost Ira Katznelson.
With very best wishes for a productive and rewarding academic year,
Vice Provost and University Librarian
Columbia News website update by Ann Thornton, posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021:
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Reopening of Columbia’s Libraries This Fall
Since the suspension of on-campus academic activities in March 2020, the Libraries have been providing students and faculty with increased access to millions of online resources, emergency digital access to in-copyright materials, and online assistance in support of teaching and research. The talented and flexible staff of the Libraries worked to ensure that students, faculty, and researchers had the resources and services that they needed.
Now we turn our focus to plans for a full reopening of our libraries for the fall. After a year in which we saw the need to rethink so much, including our own understanding of ourselves, a year in which we’ve been searching for how to ensure safety and continued learning, research, and community, we are eager to reopen further in an even more inclusive way. We look forward to engaging with you and are thrilled that once again this fall, our libraries will fully reopen to welcome students, faculty, and visiting researchers.
- All library locations will reopen for Fall Term 2021. At the start of the Fall Term of 2021, all libraries will open for general use and study and special collections will open by appointment for current Columbia students, faculty, and staff.
- Stacks will reopen. Library stacks will fully reopen for browsing, and circulation desks will be staffed to assist users with check-out of library materials.
- Visitors will be able to access libraries. At the beginning of Fall Term, alumni, individuals in cooperative programs such as Ivy Plus and MaRLI, and other qualified visitors will be able to access libraries by following an attestation procedure. Visitors to special collections will be permitted by appointment beginning in October.
- Butler Library will resume 24-hour operations, and Butler Cafe will reopen. Other library locations will resume expanded hours of in-person service.
- Both in-person and online programming will be available. Some in-person workshops for students and faculty will resume in the fall, and larger-scale events for the general public will take place online.
- Robust digital services will continue. Libraries will provide millions of digital resources and services, including millions of ebooks, streaming audio and video collections, and help via live chat.
During the pandemic, the Libraries put in place several emergency services that will be discontinued for Fall 2021. These include seat reservations for general study rooms and the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which required a non-circulation policy for physical items available in the emergency digital service. The Libraries’ planning teams have carefully considered the timing of discontinuing these temporary measures in preparing for further reopening. Status updates and more details about our services are on our website, and you can subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter.
The Libraries, at the intellectual heart of Columbia, are essential to our recovery as a University community. I am grateful for the dedication of our wonderful Libraries staff and the guidance of the University’s public health experts. Yesterday, we held a symbolic reopening of the Libraries’ stacks, signifying the upcoming full return of libraries and campus life, appreciation of the heroic efforts of library staff, and gratitude for the leadership of Interim Provost Ira Katznelson. You can watch a recording of the livestream here.
Butler 210 via Bwog Archives