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Library Services During COVID-19

Updated 7/26/2021

  • Visiting the Library: The library is open to students, staff, alumni and general practitioners who have active OCOM Library accounts; members of the general public (non-library card holders) are asked to not visit the library in person at this time. Workstations (individual study carrels and computer stations) are socially distanced, and thus our seating capacity is greatly reduced at this time. The Quiet Study Room is reopen and available for reservations, with limitations. Library users are required to wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and clean any work spaces they use in the library before and after use.
  • Book Pickup: You can now pick up holds directly at the library — no appointment necessary. 
  • Returning Library Materials: In addition to returning materials in the library, there is also a Return Drop Box available in the lobby.
  • Document Delivery / Scanning: The library offers scanning services for those who need access to pages from a textbook. Students who need print copies of materials (for example, handouts for one of your classes) can use our Print Pickup service, where we will print out documents and you can pick them up at the library.
  • Laptop Checkouts and Printing: Wireless printing is available in the 3rd floor lobby, as well as in the library.
  • Online Services: Virtual reference services and Interlibrary Loan continue to be available, as well as access to online resources such as ebooks and electronic journal articles.
  • Resources for Faculty: The library can assist faculty in making course reserves available to students and in creating class or assignment-specific help guides.

Visiting the Library

During this time, the Library space is intended for individual quiet study and computer use; we are asking library users to clean any library work spaces they use before and after use. We are all a part of a community, and we encourage everyone to be accountable for themselves, and to also demonstrate care for one another by continuing to social distance and mask up. 

The Group Study Room has been repurposed into a quiet study space, and up to three people can use this room at a time (with three separate tables) for quiet study. The herbal library is also available; just make sure to wipe down the herb jars after use. Individuals can reserve this room for up to a 2-hour block by using the signup sheet outside of the room; this is specifically meant to support students in attending Zoom classes or having small group meetings. Again, no more than three people are allowed in the space at a time, and we ask that you do not move chairs or furniture in the space; they are specifically set up to maintain social distancing.

Guests not adhering to library guidelines for safety (including wearing masks and practicing social distancing) will be asked to leave the library. 

Library users will be asked to adhere to the following guidelines while in the library:
  • Masks are required at all times. 
  • Maintain a safe distance from others (approximately 6 feet). This includes small groups (of no more than three) who meet in the Study Room; do not move chairs or tables.
  • Clean your workspace with the provided spray sanitizer before and after use.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library.

Book Pick Up / Delivery

You can now pick up your library holds at the library circulation desk. All people entering the campus are required to go through COVID-19 screening.


Current students and faculty who have mobility issues or are experiencing other barriers that prevent them from traveling to the college campus to pick up library holds may request home delivery. Home delivery is limited to 2 deliveries per term, up to four items per delivery. Please contact library staff directly to request mailing services.

Returning Library Materials

The Library is accepting returns. Please do not hand returns to library staff; instead, use one of the Return Drop Boxes on campus — in addition to the built-in book drop at the library circulation desk, there is also one located in the main lobby of the campus building. Just like last term, we are not charging late fees for any items that are in our system as “overdue,” but if your loans are excessively overdue, you may be charged a lost item replacement fee.

Document Delivery Services

SCANNING SERVICES (electronic delivery)

The Library will scan pages from physical items in our collection; students who request this service will receive a PDF of the scanned pages delivered to their OCOM email address. Students may request up to two chapters to be scanned per day. To request scanned pages from textbooks, please find the material in Primo, and under the REQUEST OPTIONS, select “Digitization.”

If you are seeking scans for required class readings, please ask your instructor to contact the library and request scanning services; the library is happy to create scans that can be posted in Populi.


Students may request items to be printed out picked up at the library. Students who would like to request this service will need to fill out a Print from Home request form.

Computer Lab, Laptop Checkouts and Printing


We now have wireless printing on campus! If you have a device connected to the campus wifi, you can print by following these directions. You can print directly to the printer in the 3rd floor lounge area.


The library Chromebooks and iPads available for checkout. If you need to borrow a device long-term in order to complete your studies at OCOM, please contact Student Services, and they will coordinate getting you a device.

Online Library Services

The Library will continue to provide online library services, including:

REFERENCE SERVICES: The library is staffed between the hours of 8:30AM – 5PM Monday – Friday to provide online reference services. You can contact a librarian via email, phone, or by scheduling a live virtual reference meeting via Zoom.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN: The Library has reopened interlibrary loan services for both journal articles and books. Some college libraries are still closed or open very limited hours, and it may take longer to receive materials.

EBOOKS: We continue to provide access to ebooks during this time. You can find and access ebooks through the Primo Catalog, or by visiting the ebook site directly (we use EBSCO and OverDrive as our two main ebook portals). If you need access to a book that is not in our collection, you are welcome to use the Suggest a Purchase request form. During this time period, please limit your requests to items that you need for your studies at OCOM.

Resources for Faculty


Faculty may request electronic course reserves in order to support distance teaching & learning. This may include:

  • the purchase of ebooks (faculty can then post the link to the full-text in Populi);
  • the scanning of textbook pages or chapters into PDF format, which can then be uploaded to Populi.

Please limit your requests to what is essential for your students. Faculty may request electronic reserves / scanning services by filling out a Course Reserves Request Form.


The library staff would be happy to work with you to create a custom help guide to walk students through their research assignment. Some examples are:

We are also available to conduct live library instruction sessions for your class to help them with a particular assignment or skill set. Contact us to set up a library session or to request a course or assignment help guide.