Library News for Fall 2020

(updated 8/6)

Due to constraints imposed by COVID-19, the library is making several changes to fall hours, access, and services. Our goal is to make the library as safe as possible for the Reed community as well as library staff while supporting our students both on campus and off.

Please contact Dena Hutto, College Librarian, with questions or concerns about these plans.

Fall hours for Hauser Library and the library circulation desk

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Access and study space

Hauser Library will be open for Reed students, faculty and staff. Keycard access to the lobby is available now for faculty and staff and will be activated for students by mid-August.

The library will be open for individual study no later than the first day of classes. Total occupancy will be limited to about 300, pending determination of the number of seats available for study. Face masks are required at all times. Seating has been reduced to enable social distancing of 6 feet. Group study rooms will be closed. Library stacks will be open for browsing. Windows should be left open in areas where people are present in order to maximize air flow.

Disinfectant and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library’s public areas and students are encouraged to clean personal study space before and after use.

Since the virus may persist on books and other library surfaces, please practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, keep hands away from face) while handling library materials.

Public computers have been removed except for a limited number of kiosks for access to the library catalog and reference assistance. Copiers, scanners, and printers are available.

Due to reduced seating in the library, thesis desks will not be assigned for fall semester.

Library reference and instruction

Library reference, instruction, and outreach will be offered virtually. Librarians will work with faculty to embed support into points along the path throughout the semester, including traditional Zoom instruction sessions, integration into Moodle courses, and group Q & A drop-in sessions for students. Please contact a librarian for more information.

Library course reserves

Electronic course reserves are available through course Moodle sites.

Due to concerns about virus transmission, print reserve books will be available for a longer loan period and will be quarantined for 72 hours between checkouts. Students should acquire their own texts for fall classes if possible. The Reed Bookstore offers interest-free student charge accounts to help with textbook ordering, with flexible payment plans available. Financial assistance may also be available; please contact the Financial Aid Office for details.

Additionally, the library purchases ebook versions of print reserves texts whenever available.


Summit borrowing resumed on August 3. At this time, 16 of the 37 member libraries are participating in Summit. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan for articles with electronic delivery continues to be available. Interlibrary loan for books resumed on August 3. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Reed Special Collections and Archives

Starting September 4, hours will be:
Monday – Friday 1 PM – 4 PM by appointment only.
A maximum of 4 patrons can be accommodated at a time. Special collections materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after usage.

Instructional Media Center

Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM
The computer labs are closed. You can request AV equipment here.

Performing Arts Resource Center

Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM for request pick up.
Request equipment and library materials in advance. The AV Editing Workroom (Room 327) is available by advance reservation only. PARC stacks, study rooms, and spaces are closed. Study space is available in the Performing Arts Building atrium. More information at

Visual Resource Center

Staff are working remotely. For assistance, please email

More Reed Resources

Reed’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention & Response

COVID-19 Support Resources for Students

Remote Teaching & Learning from Computing and Information Services