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Marx Library: COVID-19 FAQ

Here you find frequently asked questions related to: - Returning and Renewing Materials - Checking-Out materials - Finding Materials - Research Assistance - General Library Access - Using the McCall Library - Accessing Study spaces - Reservation

Learning Commons

What to know before coming to study at the Learning Commons:

Study Spaces

  • Only the Learning Commons will be open, for individual study.
  • 50 individual study spaces are available.
  • Spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Study spaces can not be held for other students. 
  • All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear masks inside the Marx Library. 

 White Boards, Charging Station and Office Supply Usage

  • Whiteboards in the Learning Commons are open to students.
  • The Circulation Desk won’t be lending dry erase markers, so you will need to bring your own.
  • Staplers will be provided near the Circulation Desk. 
  • Other office supplies will not be available.


  • Sanitation will take approximately 30 minutes.

Sanitation Schedule 

Monday - Friday  12:30 pm 
Saturday 12:30 pm 
Sunday  4:00 pm 

Charging Stations 

  • The Learning Commons charging station will not be available at this time.

Reference Assistance 

  • All reference help will be done remotely through reference chat service and Zoom. 
  • Scroll to the bottom of our COVID-19 page to find the chat boxes and current reference hours.


  • One set of restrooms will be offered on the first-floor (Women’s restroom by Starbucks and men’s restroom by the auditorium). 
  • Only two people are allowed in the bathrooms at a time.

Food and Drink

  • Due to Covid-19, food and drink allowances have been restricted. No food or drink, other than water, is allowed.
  • Filtered water dispensers will not be accessible to students. 
  • All water fountains have been disabled.

Outdoor Seating 

  • Outdoor seating is available in our courtyard area and second-floor terrace (closest to the Student Center on the south side of the Marx Library building).
  • Bring your own PPE, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant.
  • Practice social distancing (6+ feet).
  • Do not adjust chairs or tables, as they have been arranged to maintain social distancing.