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Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, university libraries are closed. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize health and safety. Visit our library FAQ webpage for library closure information or view our online resources below:

University Libraries FAQ: COVID-19 Closure

  • Will Michener and Skinner Music Libraries be open while classes are being offered online?

    As campus is closed, the buildings will not be open. However, there are abundant library resources available online, including research consultation and reference assistance.

  • What resources will be available?

    There are tens of thousands of journals, over two hundred databases, and hundreds of thousands of e-books available for you at the Libraries home page.

    Not sure where to start? There are research guides available for each major, and you can contact a liaison librarian for individualized help. There are additional resources available on the Research Help page.

    If you are having issues logging in, please try changing your Ursa password. If you still can’t login, please contact help@unco.edu.

  • Can I request materials from Michener or Skinner Music Library while campus is closed?

    Yes, starting Saturday, April 25 you can make requests from the library catalog using the "Request It" button. Materials from Michener or Skinner Music Library will be pulled from the shelves and checked out to you, and can be picked up at Michener Library during specified pickup times. 

    Pickup times start April 28 and are as follows:

    • Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    • Fridays from 2-4 pm

    Holds placed by 4 pm the day before the pickup time will be ready. Please use the main entrance on the north side of the building, and bring your UNC ID.

  • Can I check out or return a laptop?

    Please submit a ticket to IM&T to inquire about laptop checkout.

    To return a laptop, please visit Michener Library during one of these collection times, or contact libraries@unco.edu for more information. Please use the north entrance on the main floor of Michener.

    • May 5, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • May 7, 5-7 pm
    • May 8, 2-4 pm
    • May 12, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • May 14, 5-7 pm
    • May 15, 2-4 pm
  • What if I need help with a research question or finding something online? 

    For online assistance, email your question to libraries@unco.edu or reach out to your liaison librarian.

    If you want to set up a virtual appointment to meet with your liaison librarian, complete this form and someone will follow up.

  • What if I want to return my library materials while campus is closed?

    If possible, please keep materials until the Libraries reopen. You will not be charged for late returns caused by closures or other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    If you are leaving the area and must return materials, please return all materials to the book drop at the north entrance of Michener Library. Do not return materials to Skinner Music Library or to the book drop at the University Center.

    To return a university laptop, vinyl record, or other large or fragile materials, please visit Michener Library during these collection times. Please use the north entrance on the main floor of Michener.

    • May 5, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • May 7, 5-7 pm
    • May 8, 2-4 pm
    • May 12, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • May 14, 5-7 pm
    • May 15, 2-4 pm

    For more information, please email libraries@unco.edu.

  • What if my materials are due while I’m off campus?

    All items have been given a due date of May 16. If campus remains closed longer than that, your items will be given a new due date. You will not be charged for late returns caused by closures or other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any concerns about library materials, please email libraries@unco.edu for more information.

  • Can the Libraries provide online access to my textbook?

    Maybe. Most textbook publishers do not sell e-books to libraries. However, University Libraries is ready to help faculty and students find alternative methods to accessing needed reading.

    If you are a professor, please contact your liaison librarian to see if your particular textbook can be purchased online, if chapters of the textbook can be scanned and put on e-reserve, or to find alternative text available online that meets the needs of your teaching.

    If you are a student, please contact your professor.

    If you have further questions, about this or any other topic, feel free to email libraries@unco.edu.

  • What if I need access to materials on reserves?

    The e-reserve system is working as usual. If you need to add materials or if there is an item on physical reserve that needs to be made available electronically, please contact Sarah Vaughn in Michener Library or Ryan Seward for Skinner Music Library.

  • How do I know what journals are available through University Libraries when using Google Scholar?

    Follow these steps:

    1. In an internet browser, go to https://scholar.google.com/
    2. In the upper, left-hand corner of the screen, click on the three horizontal lines that indicate a menu
    3. From the menu, click on Settings or the image of a gear
    4. Click on Library Links
    5. Type in “University of Northern Colorado” and click search
    6. Click in the boxes next to “University of Northern Colorado – Find it at UNC” and “University of Northern Colorado – FindIt@UNC”
    7. Click Save
    8. When you clear you history/cache/cookies, you will need to repeat this process again

    This video demonstrates how to navigate Google Scholar settings in order to use the “Find it @ UNC” link.

    After setting up UNC affiliation in Google Scholar “Find it at UNC” will appear by journals available through University Libraries:

    Screen shot of Google Scholar showing "Find it at UNC" link

  • Can I request items through Prospector and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

    Due to library closings across the state, Prospector will not be loaning any materials for the foreseeable future.

    ILL requests for physical items will not be processed.

    We will process article requests; however, some requests may not be filled depending on availability. Many libraries are closed and may not be processing requests.  

  • Are there copyright limits on what I can post to my Canvas shell?

    The Libraries has a research guide focused on copyright issues. If you have additional questions, please email libraries@unco.edu.