COVID-19 Updates

Updated August 28, 2020

Tisch Library Reopening on September 3

Tisch Library will reopen on September 3. Entrance to the building is limited to Tufts Medford & SMFA on-campus students, faculty, and staff authorized to be on campus. There are important space and service modifications in place to help us protect health and safety

All people coming to the library will need to: 
• Tap into the library building with their Tufts ID
• 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
• Get course reserves online in Canvas
• Arrange online for large-format printing and other Digital Design Studio services 

Contactless pickup of materials will continue. Self-checkout stations and mobile checkout for books in the collection will be available soon. 

Fall Library Hours 

September 3-4, 9am-5pm; September 5-7 closed 

First week of the semester
September 8-13, 7:45am-9:00pm

Fall semester hours
September 14–December 22 
Building hours: Sunday-Saturday, 7:45am – 1:00am
Library services Sunday-Saturday, 7:45am-9:00pm 

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.

Scan & Deliver service has resumed

Scanning of book chapters and journal articles located at Tisch, Lilly and the SMFA Library is now available. More info.

Please continue hold on to any library materials in your possession. All due dates are being extended to December, and all fines and late fees generated during the COVID-19 pandemic will be waived. If you must return materials for any reason, please use the 24-hour book return near the entrance of Tisch Library. 

The following resources and services are available: 
Updated August 28, 2020

The following are not available:

  • On-site browsing or borrowing, including print course reserves. 
  • Delivery of physical materials via interlibrary loan or inter-campus borrowing. 
  • Return of interlibrary loan materials to other libraries. Please ignore due dates for interlibrary loan materials and continue using them during the closure. Please return interlibrary loan materials when Tisch Library is open for business again.
  • Contactless patio pick-up.

Circulation policy changes during the closure: 

  • Overdue fines/late fees will be suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials, calculators, and reserve materials. 
  • All due dates are extended through the end of the fall semester. 
  • There will be no recall of materials. 

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

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7:45am - 1:00am