COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 11, 2021

Tisch Library is open to all Tufts students who are part of the COVID-19 surveilance testing program and all Tufts faculty and staff.  AS&E students who are not enrolled in summer classes may test at 62R Talbot Ave (no appointment necessary) on they day they are using the library. All people coming to the library will need to: 

• Tap into the library building with their Tufts ID or show the results of their COVID-19 Screening Survey
• Wear masks in the library
• Reserve individual seats or group study rooms to study
• Make appointments for online consultations
• Ask most questions via chat and email reference
• Refrain from eating in the library except for the Tower Cafe, group study rooms, and classrooms booked through Reserve Tufts 
• Get course reserves online in Canvas
• Arrange online for large-format printing and other Digital Design Studio services 

Group study room update (December 3, 2020): When not in use by classes, all classrooms and study rooms in the library have a maximum capacity of 1 occupant.

The Library is pleased to announce the addition of self-checkout stations and a self-checkout application, which will allow you to observe safe physical distancing measures while borrowing materials from the circulating collections in Tisch, Lilly and the SMFA Libraries.The Tufts Library Mobile Checkout app is available for iOS and Android through the App Store and Google Play. More info.

Mail Delivery Service
Tufts Arts, Sciences & Engineering faculty, staff, students and affiliates in the continental United States can request library materials from the Tisch, Lilly, and SMFA circulating collections to be delivered to them by UPS. More info.

Update on Online Only Course Reserves 

During the fall semester, Tisch, Lilly, and SMFA Libraries course reserves will be online only. Please use the Canvas Reading List Tool or email to submit requests. We are piloting a service to scan limited amounts of required reading for your Canvas course site while the COVID-19 crisis limits access to print reserves. More info.

The following resources and services are available: 
Updated October 27, 2020

The following are not available:

Circulation policy changes during the closure: 

  • Overdue fines/late fees will be suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials, calculators, and reserve materials. 
  • There will be no recall of materials. 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about library services, please contact us

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