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The Lamar Soutter Library continues to be available to meet your academic, research, and clinical information needs. However, as we open our physical space, we need to make provisions for users' safety and wellbeing and to ensure we are in alignment with University and State coronavirus guidelines. As a result, we have modified several of our policies and services outlined below. Failure to comply with these policies may result in loss of Library privileges or in some instances closing of the Library space.

Temporary Policy Changes and Expanded Services Effective August 3, 2020

General Policies and Hours
Adherence to the UMMS social distancing guidelines (https://www.umassmed.edu/coronavirus/) is expected
Everyone entering the Library will be required to wear a mask at all times
Library Service Desk will be staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Only UMMS/UMMHC badge access to enter the library (24/7)
Identification badges must be worn at all times
No outside visitors or members of the public are allowed in the Library
Talking on cell phones and video conference calls will be allowed; please be mindful of the noise level
Computer classroom will be closed until further notice
Seating
Please sit in designated spots only
Do not move chairs or tables around
Please clean work areas before and after use
Reference Services
Ask-A-Librarian service: will be staffed Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and as needed other times
Chat with a Librarian: will be staffed Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
One-on-one or group appointments will be booked with a librarian and conducted via Zoom
All library instruction will be booked and conducted using Zoom
Archives and Rare Book Room
Researchers wishing to use archival materials should contact the Archivist by email or by telephone at 508-856-2204
Food and Beverages
No food is allowed in library
Beverages are allowed in non-spill containers such as travel mugs, water bottles, etc.
Keurig Station will be available: BYO beverage container, K Cups, sweetener/milk. No teapot, please use the Keurig hot water feature
Study Carrels, Group Study Rooms, Workstations, and Public and Clinical Computers
Reservations for a study carrel can be made through the online, self-service reservation system. See the complete Library Study Carrel Reservation Policy for guidelines and frequently asked questions.
Masks are always required while using carrels, group study rooms, and new workstations, pods, computers, and other study spaces
Please do not leave food, books, or other items of personal value in the carrels
Only one (1) person allowed in group study room or study carrel
There will be one whiteboard marker in each carrel available for use. It will be up to the carrel user to clean this marker. Additional whiteboard markers and erasers will be placed at the cleaning stations on each floor
Disposable keyboard covers are available for computer workstations at the cleaning stations
Please clean work areas before and after use
White Boards
White board markers will be placed at cleaning stations, please wipe them before and after use. The table will be cleaned and replenished by library staff
Printing and Portable Chargers
Printing is free. Please go to the Library Service Desk for assistance
Portable chargers are available for checkout using the OmniCharge mobile application. More information is forthcoming
Print Collections and Anatomical Models
Books will be aired for 3 days before being returned to shelf
Please return reserve books to the Service Desk after use
Please clean anatomical models before and after use
Please place all other books on one of the book trucks