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COVID-19 and DU Libraries

In response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in our surrounding community, DU Libraries continues to work in close partnership with the University and our campus partners to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard our community. The safety and wellbeing of our DU Libraries users and staff is our upmost priority.

In compliance with the local stay-at-home ordinance for Denver, DU Libraries, including both the Anderson Academic Commons and the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library, will be closed until further notice. Most library services are available online. Contact the Research Center for questions.

A summary of building access, services, and other operational changes due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19 are listed below. Please see the left-hand menu for additional FAQs, borrowing and lending policies, and resources for faculty.

**Last Updated: 3/30/20. All of the information below is subject to change based on the latest news from the University and the State of Colorado.**

Building Access

In compliance with the local stay-at-home ordinance for Denver, DU Libraries, including both the Anderson Academic Commons and the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library, will be closed until further notice.

While the physical library buildings are closed, online assistance is still available from the Research Center and DU community members are encouraged to use our online resources.

Since the Libraries are closed, we are not approving any new room reservations until further notice.

All book-drop locations are closed until further notice. Please do not return material until it is safe to do so. For information on due dates, fines, and other borrowing policies, please see our borrowing and lending page.


We are here to help you! While in-person library services are closed, we offer a number of online/virtual services:

  • The Libraries offer personal research consultations to help refine and focus research topics, develop successful search strategies and identify appropriate sources for academic research projects and assignments. These offerings will transition to virtual and remote meetings as of March 15, 2020.
  • The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many instructional opportunities to help the DU community learn about library research. The librarians are able to teach synchronous online sessions for classes through Zoom. Faculty should contact their subject librarian for more information.
  • Faculty teaching online are encouraged to view our Resources for Faculty page for details on various support options available through the Libraries.
  • The Special Collections Reading Room is closed and there is no access to physical materials. We are able to provide assistance remotely with using digitized collections and materials. Please email or call 303-871-3428 to schedule an appointment or to receive research assistance. Chat assistance is also available-- choose the 'Special Collections and Archives' dropdown from our Ask Us page.
  • The academic service centers in the AAC are now closed for in-person assistance, but many centers are offering virtual/online help and appointments. Please check our Academic Commons Centers and Services page for more information.

Remote Access to Library Collections

At this time, and until further notice, we will not have access to any of our physical collections, including journals, books, and media, and will not be able to fulfill requests for these materials.

Many of the Libraries articles, videos, and e-books are available online. Search Compass from the main library page or view our complete list of databases.

For additional information on how to use and access library resources remotely, including specific resources for classes and subjects, please see our Research Guides and Off-Campus Resources Guide.

More information on operational changes related to materials access can be found on our borrowing and lending page.