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Library Services During COVID-19 Closure: Home

Library Services During COVID-19 FAQs

Is the library open?
While the library staff is working hard to ensure that services are provided to the greatest extent possible, the library is suspending physical access to the building for the campus community and the public.

Can I check out materials?
Because the library is not open, no one can check out physical materials at this time.

Can I still access the databases?
Yes. Anyone on the campus network can access all of our databases. And all of the databases (with the exception of Factiva) can be accessed off-campus with a Randolph username and password. When you access one of the databases off-campus, you should see the login prompt pictured below. If you encounter an issue with off-campus database access, contact Lisa Broughman at
         database login for off-campus

Can textbook or reserve materials be digitized and shared with students?
Yes. Please refer to the Copyright & Fair Use for Remote Teaching document (below) for details.  If faculty need the library to scan portions of reserve materials, please contact us for more information.

Can I order materials through interlibrary loan?
At this time, only digital materials can be ordered through interlibrary loan, such as articles and book chapters that can be scanned.

I have books or videos checked out. What do I do?
Hold on to them for now.  If you have items checked out with a due date between March 17 and April 30, we have changed your due date to April 30.  We will be in contact with you closer to that time to provide you with instructions for returning materials to the library, particularly if you are off-campus.

Who can I contact with additional questions?
You can email, or call (434) 947-8133. To get in touch with a specific person or department, see our contact page.

Free Academic Resources & Useful Information

eBooks (Textbooks, University Presses, etc.)

Research Help

Need help finding something? Reference services are available via email or Google Meet. Contact our Research & Instruction Librarian at 

Video tutorial of a search using OneSearch on the library homepage:

Scholarly Publishers' Resources on COVID-19