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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 and university ordinances, DU Libraries, including both the Anderson Academic Commons and the Bonfils-Stanton Music Library, will be closed until further notice, but most library services are available online. Contact the Research Center for questions.

The University of Denver is now in the second phase of a five-phase plan to very gradually bring employees back to campus to do their work safely and in compliance with orders from the state of Colorado and city of Denver. For the Libraries, this means that we are able to have a few more employees in our buildings to process book returns and scan print materials for document delivery and course reserves.

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 and resources.

**Last Updated: 5/29/20. All of the information below is subject to change based on the latest news from the University and the State of Colorado.**

Building Access and Book Returns

In compliance with the local and university ordinances, 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.

Book drop locations at the AAC are now open, but there may be a delay in checking in materials due to limited staff working in the building. There is a drive-up book-drop located east of the Anderson Academic Commons in parking Lot 315 as well as a book drop to the east side of the AAC main building entrance. Graduating students are encouraged to return material via mail or to the book drops as soon as they are able. All other patrons should wait to return material until it is safe to do so. Due dates for all currently loaned materials have been extended. For information on due dates, fines, and other borrowing policies, please see our FAQ page.


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

  • As of May 26, scanning of print collections for document delivery and course reserves is now available for DU community members. Please see our FAQ page for additional information.
  • 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. 
  • 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 a virtual appointment. 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 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

While the Libraries remained closed, patrons are not able to check-out print collections. As of May 26, we are now able to scan portions of essential print materials for document delivery for DU community members. Please see our FAQ page for more details.

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.