Forward Together: Library COVID-19 Response Information

Students at Library Service Desk

Rod Library is excited to see UNI's returning and new students on campus! While the library experience may look a little different, we are still committed to student success and protecting the health and safety of UNI students, faculty, and staff, and the Cedar Valley Community.

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UNI student on computer in Learning Commons

What to Expect on Your Next Visit

On your next visit to the library, you will see a few visible changes to spaces, services, and signage. A few things you may notice will be hand sanitizing stations at entrances to the building, a reminder that masks are required in the university building, signage encouraging social distancing, and healthy hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing. You will also still find the helpful, friendly staff of Rod Library waiting to assist you and help you navigate any changes or find alternatives to meet you where you are. Rod Library staff cares deeply about the UNI community and are here to help find the resources you need. 

Safety Precautions

Safety precautions were adopted at the library to prioritize the health and safety of our community, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other state and federal agencies, and the University of Northern Iowa guidelines. Rod Library follows safety precautions by increasing cleaning and sanitizing, quarantining returned materials, and by providing self-cleaning supplies at locations around the building, hand sanitizer at entrances, and transaction barriers at service points. We have also spaced furniture to allow for social distancing. 

We encourage all the UNI community to take similar precautions when visiting the library as well. In addition to the precautions already mentioned, here are a few library-specific precautions being taken.
  • Library Services Desk: Transaction barriers and social distancing reminders were added to the Library Service Desk on the main floor of the library.
  • IRTS (HNI Corporation Instructional Resources & Technology Services): IRTS is also following best practices in handling materials, implementing social distance changes, and increasing safety precautions, such as installing transition barriers at the service desk.
  • Handling Materials:  All library staff will be wearing masks and gloves while handling library materials. Returned items will be quarantined when possible; materials that cannot be quarantined easily will be disinfected via cleaning or by using a Vioguard Cubby, as size permits.
  • Spaces: Seating and study spaces throughout the library were shifted or removed to maintain social distancing recommendations. Computers, group work areas, and study rooms are still available throughout the library. Students are encouraged to practice preventative actions, such as frequent hand washing, and following social distancing recommendations of maintaining 6' distance from others.

    Billy the Library Kid next to a "Be Smart Please Stay 6' Apart" sign

Resources and Services

The library will continue offering remote resources, access to our physical collections, and in-person services to best meet your needs. Both the Rod Library and IRTS have adjusted hours of operation to accommodate these changes as well.

Popular in-person service:

Alternative or Anywhere services: 

Additionally, due to the nature of the collections and layout of the physical space, the following temporary changes have been made to the services in our unique collections:

  • Special Collections and University Archives reading room and collection will be available by appointment only.
  • Service desks on the third floor (Youth Collection) and fourth floor (Fine and Performing Arts Collection) have been temporarily closed. Library materials from these areas may be checked out at the Library Services desk. Stop by the Library Services desk if you have questions or need research assistance, or AskUs online.

Contact Us

During this time Rod Library would like to emphasize that we are committed to your success and meeting you where you are. If you have further questions about the reopening process, suggestions or comments feel free to contact us.

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