News & Updates

Fall 2020 Library Operations


Beginning on Tuesday, August 18, Samuel Read Hall Library on the Lyndon campus and Willey Library on the Johnson campus will begin operating according to the plan described below. The chief goal of the plan is to provide library services to the best of our abilities while reducing opportunities for the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.   

Hours of Operation: The main floors of both libraries will be open to students, faculty, and staff during three time blocks throughout the day. The time blocks are as follows: morning (8am-10am), afternoon (12pm-2pm), and evening (4pm-6pm). Please note that extended evening and weekend hours will be contingent upon the availability of Federal Work Study-eligible student workers. 

Library Resources: All physical and electronic resources will continue to be available to students, faculty, and staff. All physical items will undergo a quarantine process before being made available again after each use. In order to borrow physical items from either library, visitors should ask for assistance at the InfoDesk. Electronic resources will continue to be available on a 24/7 basis. Printers, scanners, and copiers will be available while the facilities are open.       

Access to Facilities: With the exceptions noted below, only the main floors of both facilities will be open. The libraries will operate as closed stacks libraries, and browsable collections on the main floors of both libraries will either be moved or made available upon request. Seating and desktop computers on the main floors of each facility will be reduced and spaced to allow for social distancing. While in the facilities, visitors must wear masks at all times, and food and drink will not be permitted. The Vermont Room and the IMC (LAC 202) on the second floor of Samuel Read Hall Library will remain open for class meetings and for other meetings scheduled through the Conference & Events office. Limited seating will also be available in the atrium and parts of the second floor of Willey Library.   

Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary loan will continue to operate as normal. We may quarantine physical items before providing them to the requester if necessary.    

Reserves: The NVU Libraries will continue to offer the reserve service, but there will be a significant delay in turnaround time. Print books and similar items will undergo a quarantine process that will take them out of circulation for a minimum of three days. Items such as DVDs and CDs are much easier to sanitize and can be made available faster.  


NVU Libraries Information for Shift to Remote Instruction – Spring 2020


Access to Library Resources & Facilities
During the period of remote instruction, library facilities will be closed, but access to electronic resources through the library website will continue to be available on a 24/7 basis. From the library website, you can access library-related updates, information on how to access resources, and our contact information. For Information Technology related questions, we strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to submit service requests at or [email protected] for the quickest service.

  • If access to the library on either campus is essential, please contact library director Sam Boss at [email protected] to set an appointment.

Reference & Information Services
Library staff members will be available to answer questions or provide research consultation via email, telephone, and chat during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm). Please use the following information to get in touch with us:

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan Service Update (6/8/2020): NVU Libraries will resume lending of physical items through interlibrary loan. At this time, interlibrary loans of physical items will be mailed to your home mailing address. To return them, you must mail back to the library.  The library remains closed so no library pickup or returns are available at this time. Interlibrary loan from both Northern Vermont University campuses and Vermont Tech are now available. Castleton University items are not yet available.

The libraries will continue to fill interlibrary loan requests for electronic resources. If you have general questions about interlibrary loan services or questions about pending interlibrary loan requests, please visit or contact the following staff members:



Beneath the Surface: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes – April 20, 2018

Join the Samuel Read Hall Library and Academic Support Services for an event focused on exploring the human experience. The event will take place from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Alexander Twilight Theatre lobby. It is open to the public.   


Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition – March 14, 2018

Join the Samuel Read Hall Library and calligrapher Xie Wenyu for a Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition on March 14, 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. This exhibition is open to the public.